A team of legal and political experts in Nepal have drafted a new lob-sided Constitution that will withdraw many privileges of the King and retaining the right of the Maoist terrorists that does not necessarily create stability to one of the world’s poorest nations.
Nepal had to endure decades of tyranny under one King or the other but King Gnanendra, who assumed power because of a suspicious and questionable regicide, has been one of the worst royalty the world has seen. His son, the crown prince who will now never be King, is more known for his barbaric activities with women and innocent civilians.
Terrorists have leveraged Gnanendra’s despotic rule to garner support outside the Katmandu Valley that is guided through fear if not sympathy. Their increasingly repressive means has disaffected population from their cause and Maoists who once claimed to want the people to decide are now demanding adoption of the new Constitution before the election to the Constituent Assembly. However, some of the constituents of the Seven Part Alliance (SPA) still want a ceremonial monarch and this makes the negotiation very difficult. Even if monarchy survives, it may be limited to purely ceremonial without any chance to grab power. The draft is also significantly lacking in defining spaces for the queen, crown prince, and succession rights.
Experts say that the stalemate can be broken with a meeting between the terrorist leader Prachanda and Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala which could happen later than earlier. There are still large gaps in agreement on disarming of the terrorists which may be resolved through active diplomacy by UN appointed special envoy and the deployment of peacekeepers.