Decision on declaration of Republic in Nepal

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Kathmandu, Sep 23: Nepal Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala today said there was no alternative to accepting the Maoist demand to declare the Himalayan nation a republic for the elections to the Constituent Assembly tobe held.

Ahead of a crucial meeting of the Maha Samiti of the Nepali Congress (NC), Mr Koirala exhorted the central committee leaders of the party that they should proceed with a clear mind on the issue as ''the party has a historical responsibility on its shoulders''.

The Maha Samiti is expected to take a final decision to clear the adoption of federal democratic republic as party's policy, in a clear departure from the party's six decade-old policy of endorsing constitutional monarchy, Kantipur online, reported.

''It was party's duty to move ahead as per the people's aspirations,'' Mr Koirala told a meeting of party leaders at his residence at Baluwatar.

Mr Koirala, who is also the party president, said all members of the party should unite efforts to tackle the challenges before the nation, stating that the country's sovereignty was at stake.

The NC Maha Samiti meeting will begin later today at the party headquarters 'Sanepa'. The Maha Samiti -- which will be participated by 628 NC representatives -- is the second most powerful party policy-making body after General Convention.

The Prime Minister will inaugurate the two-day meet, which is taking place almost after a decade.


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