Constitution of Nepal

Constitution of Nepal

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Nepal is governed under the Interim Constitution of Nepal, 2007[1]. It came into force on January 15, 2007. the Interim Constitution was drafted by a committee headed by the late Justice Laxman Prasad Aryal.[2] It replaces the previous Constitution of the Kingdom of Nepal, 2047 (1990).

The Interim Constitution provides for a Constituent Assembly, which is charged with writing Nepal's permanent constitution. The CA is now in the process of preparing its first draft. Under the terms of the Interim Constitution, the new constitution was to be promulgated by May 28, 2011. However, the country did not get the first draft Constitution within the Assembly deadline because of divided points of view among various political parties and leaders.

Previous constitutions were enacted in 1951, 1959 and 1962.[3]

The Interim Constitution of Nepal expired at midnight on May 28, 2011. The Constituent Assembly extended the original deadline of May 28, 2010 by one year. On May 25, 2011, the Supreme Court of Nepal ruled that the 2010 extension of the Interim Constitution was unconstitutional. On May 29, 2011 the Constituent Assembly extended the Interim Constitution by a further three months. The Supreme Court has yet to rule on the constitutionality of this extension of the deadline. In August, 2011, the Constituent Assembly again extended the Interim Constitution by yet another three months.[4]

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