Nepal observes Constitution Day today

KATHMANDU: One year has passed since Nepal promulgated its new Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. The country today marks the first anniversary of the Constitution promulgated from a people-elected body that was achieved after six decades.

The government is marking this special day by organising various programmes including one at the Nepal Army pavilion.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Chief Justice Sushila Karki, Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar, deputy prime ministers, ministers, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of diplomatic missions here, among others would be present at the special function.

Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun is currently in Venezuela to attend the 17th summit of Non-Aligned Movement. He is scheduled to return home on September 21.

The government had formed a special committee, chaired by PM Dahal to celebrate the Day.

The Constitution, the seventh documented so far in Nepal, is the first statute drafted by the people's representatives.

Nepal switched to a federal democratic system from a unitary system with the promulgation of existing Constitution.

Republic, federalism, secularism, proportional inclusion and social justice remain as its salient features.

The first amendment to this historic Constitution had already been carried out to address the voices of indigenous nationalities and the Madhes-based communities.

The government has announced a public holiday today on the occasion.