Four major political parties on Tuesday agreed to deliver an incomplete constitution before the May 27 deadline,leaving the issue of delimiting and naming of the proposed 11 provinces to a Federal Commission that will be appointed soon. The parties also decided that Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala will succeed Baburam Bhattarai as prime minister in two weeks.
In separate statements after the meeting,Ram Chandra Poudel of the Nepali Congress,Maoist leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha and former prime minister Madhav Nepal said that the parties had decided to have 11 provinces,but the Federal Commission would decide their boundaries and names.
The agreement will be put before the Constitutional Committee of the Constituent Assembly for endorsement on Wednesday,following which it will be referred to the Constituent Assembly for final adoption.
At the meeting,it was also agreed upon that Prime Minister Bhattarai would resign soon and pave the way for the succession of Koirala who will formally announce the new constitution. Putting its seal of approval to the latest agreement,Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) also decided to join the Bhattarai government,party sources said.
The parties decided to have a president directly elected by the people and a prime minister elected by parliament,while the two share executive powers.