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Nepal negotiators fail to agree on interim constitution but talks continue

[JURIST] Talks between representatives of the Nepal government and Maoist rebels have failed to result in an agreement on the terms of an interim constitution for the country but will continue later this week, according to a Maoist spokesman speaking to reporters Wednesday. Several target deadlines associated with a recently-agreed peace plan [JURIST report] have already been missed, including a November 28 target date for Maoists to serve in the country's interim parliament and December 1 target date for them to join an interim government. AFP has more.

A Nepali government minister indicated ten days ago that the interim constitution, drafted [JURIST report] in August, would be signed into law within a few days [JURIST report]. The interim draft encompassing 173 articles is designed to replace the current constitution [text] until a new representative body is elected and drafts a permanent constitution. The draft must be approved by each of Nepal's eight major political parties before the House of Representatives will vote to promulgate it.

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