May 28, 2012 Kathmandu – Nepal celebrating its Fifth Republic Day today a day after parties fail to promulgate constitution;for which constituent assembly was elected some five years ago.
On The occaision, President Ram Baran Yadav says Interim Constitution will ensure country and will steer ahead on democratic path.
The fifth Republic Day is being observed on Sunday to commemorate the day when the first meeting of the elected Constituent Assembly (CA) declared Nepal a Republic and abolished the 240-year old monarchy. The Day is observed on 15th of Jestha as per the Nepali calendar every year.
However, the celebration will be a hushed affair especially after the Constituent Assembly (CA) was dissolved yesterday following its failure to promulgate the new constitution even after four years (which saw repeated extension of its original two-year term).
Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has proposed fresh election of the CA on November 22, 2012 to seek a new mandate from the people. However, Nepali Congress, CPN (UML), Broader Madhesi Front and some fringe parties have rejected the government decision terming it as an “unconstitutional decision”.
Meanwhile, President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav has urged all the people in the country to maintain mutual brotherhood and social harmony in society and the nation during the ongoing political transition while extending his best wishes to all the Nepalis in the country and abroad on the occasion of the fifth Republic Day on Monday.
In his message issued on the occasion, he regretted the “unexpected dissolution” of the Constituent Assembly and said that six decades old dream of making Nepal “even more peaceful, graceful and prosperous through a democratic constitution framed by the representatives of the people has again remained incomplete and all have felt disheartened with the constitution not coming from the Constituent Assembly even in four years.”
Saying that the Interim Constitution, 2007 will now help steer the country’s politics ahead on the path of democracy, President Yadav said the country has already internalized achievements such as the republic, the inclusive democratic system of governance, federalism and secularism secured through the People´s Movement 2006/07 and the Interim Constitution, 2007, and “no one can go back from these achievements”.
He also paid tributes to the known and unknown martyrs who gave up their life in course of the struggle for liberation from autocratic rule and for establishing the democratic republic.
In another report, the government has decided to release 232 prisoners from various jails across the country by exempting their remaining jail term on the occasion of the Republic Day on May 28.
The Department of Prison Management has said the prisoners who have served half of the jail term in a disciplined way despite growing age would be exempted from the remaining term and let free as per the Rule No. 29 of the Prison Regulation 2020.