Nepal’s largest political party, whose President is the Prime Minister and acting Head of State, has officially adopted the policy of federal democratic republic
Sixty years after it was established with the mission of turning Nepal into a nation of constitutional monarchy by removing the autocratic rule of Rana family and three years after it became neutral on monarchy, Nepali Congress formally adopted the policy of republic today. The maha samiti meeting of the party, highest policy making body after the general convention, passed the party’s Constituent Assembly manifesto today that aims to establish the federal democratic republic system of governance in Nepal. The maha samiti meeting has just concluded (at the time of this writing). The manifesto promises to table a proposal to declare Nepal a republic on the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly. The manifesto also proposes that the new head of state or the President would be elected by the members of the central and regional parliaments.
With Nepali Congress adopting the republican policy, it’s almost certain that monarchy will be abolished from Nepal by the first meeting of the Constitutional Assembly of whose election is scheduled for November 22. But the election itself has been pushed to uncertainty because of the Maoist decision to disrupt them. It is expected that Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, who is also the president of NC, will strike a deal with the Maoist to pave way for the timely election.