HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Australian Ambassador to Nepal Susan Grace today said the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly without being able to adopt a new constitution for the country was a blow to Nepal’s transition to peace and democracy.
“The demise of the most inclusive elected body in Nepal’s history last May without completing its important work of drafting a new constitution is a blow to Nepal’s transition to peace and democracy,” the envoy said inaugurating a training and resource centre at the headquarters of the Feminist Dalit Organisation (FEDO) in Kathmandu today.
“It is crucial that fresh elections are held as soon as possible,” she added.
The centre was funded under the embassy’s direct aid programme at a cost of Rs 639,000.
Grace commended FEDO for its leading role in ensuring Dalit women’s representation in the Constituent Assembly, noting that 24 Dalit women were elected to the CA in 2008.
Australia’s development assistance programme to Nepal has grown in recent years, reaching Australian Dollar 31.5 million in 2012-13 with a focus on health, education and rural livelihood.