Nepalese Constituent Assembly election, 2008

Nepalese Constituent Assembly Election, 2008

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Nepalese Constituent Assembly election, 2008

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A general election for the Constituent Assembly was held in Nepal on 10 April 2008, Associated Press (The Hindu), 11 January 2008., PTI (The Hindu), 24 June 2007. The Nepalese Constituent Assembly will draft a new constitution; it will therefore decide, amongst other things, on the issue of federalism. The number of eligible voters was around 17.5 million. Xinhua (People's Daily Online), 28 March 2007.

The Communist Party of Nepal , or CPN (M), placed first in the election with 220 out of 575 elected seats, and became the largest party in the Constituent Assembly. It was followed by the Nepali Congress with 110 seats and the Communist Party of Nepal with 103 seats. After months of power-sharing discussions and deliberations, CPN (M) Chairman Prachanda was elected as Prime Minister in August 2008.

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The Election Constituency Delimitation Commission recommended the following number and distribution of seats: 335 members would be elected through a proportionate electoral system, 240 members through election in constituencies and 17 on...
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