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Monday, August 10, 2015, Shraban 26, 1422 BS, Shawal 24, 1436 Hijr

Nepal parties sign deal on new constitution
Published :Monday, 10 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 11

KATHMANDU, Aug 9 : Nepal's rival parties have signed an agreement drawing up the country's internal borders in a breakthrough that paves the way for a new national constitution, the country's prime minister said on Sunday.
Spurred by April's devastating quake, Nepal's parties struck a historic deal in June to divide the country into eight provinces but left the crucial task of delineating state borders to a federal commission.
The new agreement, signed after midnight Saturday, came after days of negotiation and resolves a major issue that has blocked progress on the charter since 2008. As a result, the commission will no longer be required to set state boundaries.
"A constitution with federalism and demarcation has been ensured," Prime Minister Sushil Koirala wrote in a post on Twitter.
"I call on everyone to not be stuck on minor disagreements and work to build and develop the country," Koirala said.
Information Minister Minendra Rijal told AFP that "the agreement was reached last night and it has moved the constitution writing process a step forward".
The deal comes after a series of public consultations held across the Himalayan nation last month.    ?AFP

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