KATHMANDU: Constitution amendment proceedings have been delayed by another week, as the parliament secretariat postponed the meeting slated for 1:00pm on Wednesday till 1:00pm on January 19 by issuing a notice on Tuesday, as Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar, who is in Thailand postponed her return till January 18.
Speaker’s press adviser Babin Sharma said she decided to adjourn Parliament after consulting chief whips of major parties.
“The Speaker postponed her return due to the health condition of her husband Barshaman Pun, who is suffering from jaundice and has been undergoing treatment in Bangkok.
Moreover, there is no clear sign of any breakthrough in the ongoing talks between major parties and agitating Madhes-based parties,” said Sharma.
As per Article 91 (4) of the constitution, deputy speaker can preside over House proceedings in the absence of Speaker.
Former speaker Subas Chandra Nembang said such a situation did not occur during his tenure but before his term, the House meetings were chaired by deputy speaker when the Speaker was abroad.
A version of this article appears in print on January 13, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.