|Nepalese nationals queue to cast their ballots at a polling station in Patan on the outskirts of Kathmandu on Nov 19, 2013. (Photo / AFP)|
KATHMANDU - The newly-elected members of Constituent Assembly (CA) of Nepal took oath of office and secrecy on Tuesday with a promise of delivering a new constitution within a year.
Top lawmaker of the new CA, Surya Bahadur Thapa, 85, administered oath to 575-members of the constitution drafting body who were elected in the Nov 19 national poll. Thapa took oath from President Ram Baran Yadav on Monday afternoon.
The first meeting of CA is scheduled for Wednesday. After the first meeting, Nepal is expected to resume drafting its constitution which was stalled after the dissolution of CA on May 27, 2012.
After taking oath, Nepali Congress (NC) President Sushil Koirala said the first priority would be drafting a new constitution through consensus among parties, if consensus elusive, disputes will be settled through voting or referendum. NC is the largest party and Koirala has been elected as the future Prime Minister of the Himalayan country.
Altogether 30 political parties are represented in the new CA. "We will deliver a new constitution within a year as expected by the people," KP Oli, a senior leader of Nepal's second-largest party, told the media.
In the CA, more than 80 percent lawmakers are new faces.
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