by Mogens Engelund
31. January 2007
Nepal’s new Interim Constitution 2063 B.S. (2007) is ready! – a victory for the nations democratic movements, … and it seems that the maoists probably have left the largest footprints on the unofficially translated drafted version.
Nepal’s new interim constitution is now just about finalized. All the democratic parties including the Maoists (Nepali Communist Party – Maoist) have agreed upon nearly all issues. Now it seems it up to the Election Commission to publizise the date(s) for the election for the Constituent Assembly, who has to finalize the democratic constitution and agree upon the future fate of the Monarchy and the “sitting” powerless King Gyanendra.
If you look on the recent democratic issue and the ongoing discussions, the seems to be no doubt that the maoists are working really hard to implement as many of their issues in the ongoing struggle for democracy. They have undoubtly had more discussions about democracy than any other political group in Nepal, and they have a political strength which is hard to match for the rest of the political establishment. Therefore it is also likely to be the maoists who will be the democratic faction with the largest footprint on the Interim Constitution, and the question to arise is whether the rest of the political parties are ready to accept this maoist leadership and whether they will join it in one way or another.
It’s only natural, that an issue of this big national magnitude might create some tension among the Nepalese. Already some parts of the Maoist-movement have splintered and turned against the main-line, but also some traditionalist movement have showed up to create unrest, probably with the goal of showing what’s going to happen in the country if the monarchy is abolished. Surely all these movements are just the beginning and we have to secure, that the level of confrontation will only be by means of discussion, and hopefully with words as the only weapon.