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Scuffles break out in Nepal parliament

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 00:47

Fighting breaks out in Nepal's parliament during attempts to draft a new constitution. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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The opposition in Nepal's parliament turned violent on Tuesday during a debate attempting to draft a new constitution for the country. Dashing hopes to reach a consensus, opposition politicians and lawmakers jumped to their feet in protest as Speaker Subash Nemwang proposed a committee to run through the final stages of the draft. Security formed a line blocking the angry opposition as they wrestled to get to the stage. Some scrambled over heads in the crowd, while others threw chairs and stamped on desks. Nemwang adjourned the meeting, and members of the ruling coalition chastised the opposition for their behaviour. But plans to push through a draft constitution by Thursday face continued resistance, a persistent problem in the country since first electing their Constituent Assembly in 2008. According to local media, scuffles did not end in parliament, as scores of protesters took to the streets of Kathmandu on Tuesday morning in response to opposition calls for a general strike.

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Scuffles break out in Nepal parliament

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 00:47