Kathmandu, Nov 23 (UNI) Former US President Jimmy Carter said here today Nepal should be declared a Republic through the Constituent Assembly elections held in a legal manner.
''Although all the parties agree to establish a republican set up putting an end to the monarchy, it would be required to declare the country a republic through the CA elections and with the new mandate from the people,'' local media quoted Mr Carter as saying during the interaction with the parliamentarians at the Singhdurbar.
The former president's remark has come at a time when the leftist parties were demanding the declaration of republic through parliament and had also passed an endorsement to declare Nepal a republic by a simple majority. The Nepali Congress, however, maintained that the republic would be declared only through CA polls.
''If effectively implemented, even the mixed-electoral system could be the best in the world,'' Kantipur quoted him as saying.
He also said the activities of the Maoist youth front Young Communist League were unacceptable to him, adding, ''Such activities would defame the Maoists themselves.'' Mr Carter is in the 'Himalyan nation' for a four day visit during which he would meet leaders of various political parties and civil society representatives to discuss the present political situation in Nepal.
He also met Indian ambassador to Nepal S S Mukherjee and discussed about the peace process in Nepal.