Nepali leaders hail new constitution

Kathmandu, Sep 17 (IANS) Leaders of Nepal’s major political parties have hailed the newly-endorsed constitution as a long-awaited dream of the people fulfilled after 70 years.

Talking to media following the endorsement of constitution by an overwhelming majority on Wednesday night, the leaders claimed that it is the victory of all Nepalese as this is the constitution written by people’s representatives, Xinhua news agency reported.

“It is the biggest achievement for Nepal and Nepalese. We need to celebrate this historical victory by lighting candles,” Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said.

The government has already declared a public holiday for two days on September 20-21 for the nation-wide celebrations of the new constitution.

President Ram Baran Yadav is scheduled to unveil the new constitution on September 20.

Unified CPN Maoist, who played a major role in the constitution promulgation process, also welcomed the new constitution terming it as the victory of Nepal.

“This is a historical moment as a dream came true after years. I urge all the political parties who are out of the CA process to join for dialogues as doors for constitution amendment is totally open,” party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said after the endorsement.

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