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Separatist movement, religious and ethnic tension, general strikes and terrorist activities in the region has caused threats to national security, says CoAS Gaurav SJB Rana: Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Gaurav S.J.B. Rana on February 20 said that separatist movement, religious and ethnic tension, general strikes and terrorist activities in the region has caused threats to national security. Rana said, "It is equally important to have cooperation from all sectors to face growing security threats, and traditional mechanisms have to be replaced by practical, dynamic and effective ones." Republica, February 21, 2014.

Laxman Lal Karn elected as Chairman of Constituent Assembly Regulations Drafting Committee: The first meeting of the 49-member Constituent Assembly (CA) Regulations Drafting Committee on February 14 elected CA member Laxman Lal Karn as its Chairman. Ramesh Lekhak, one of the committee members, said the panel also passed a 10-day action plan. Himalyan Times, February 15, 2014.

Maoist parties regret split and stress re-unification: Both Maoist parties of Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) and Mohan Baidya led Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist) on February 13 expressed regret over their split, realizing that the change movement launched by their 'people´s war' had weekend after the separation. Commemorating the 19th 'People´s War' Day at separate functions in Kathmandu, UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda and CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya stressed the need for unification of the communist parties into an alliance. The CPN-Maoist broke away from the UCPN-M in June 2012. Republica, February 14, 2014.

Sushil Koirala becomes Nepal's 37th Prime Minister: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sushil Koirala became Nepal's 37th Prime Minister securing more than two-thirds votes in Parliament on February 10 nearly three months after the election was held in November. His election as Prime Minister has ended nearly a year of government by a non-political technocratic council of ministers led by Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi and restored the country to a multi-party political course. Koirala secured 405 out of the total 553 votes cast at the parliament meeting. Altogether, 148 lawmakers voted against his candidacy. Republica, February 11, 2014.

CPN-Maoist to struggle for "people's govt" in Nepal: Mohan Baidya led Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist) has formed United People's Committee (UPC) aiming to launch a struggle for the establishment of "peoples' government". UPC will launch protests for people's constitution and nationalism after mid-March. A meeting of sister wings held on February 6 appointed party secretary Dev Gurung as the coordinator of the committee. Republica, February 6, 2014.

Parliament Secretariat publishes schedule for Prime Ministerial election: The Parliament Secretariat on February 5 published the schedule for Prime Ministerial election after Acting Speaker of Parliament Surya Bahadur Thapa directed the General Secretary of the Parliament Secretariat in this regard. The Parliament Secretariat set February 8 and 9 for filing candidacy. Members of Parliament (MP) wishing to contest the Prime Ministerial election will have to file their nomination between 10:00am and 5:00pm. The list of candidates will be published at 5:30pm on February 9. Election for Prime Minister will take place on February 10. Himalyan Times, February 6, 2014.

Legislature-Parliament legitimizes CJ Khil Raj Regmi-led Government and CA elections: A meeting of the Legislature-Parliament on February 2 legitimized the Chief Justice (CJ) Khil Raj Regmi-led Government and Constituent Assembly (CA) elections. Although all CA members were elected on the basis of the same order, 14 CA members from Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Nepal (MJF-N) and Nepal Workers' and Peasants' Party (NWPP) voted against it. Out of 571 CA members, only 511 were present and three did not vote.

Meanwhile, as the deadline given earlier by President Ram Baran Yadav to form a national consensus Government expired on February 2, Nepali Congress (NC) urged the President to invite political parties to form majority-based Government. Himalyan Times; Republica, February 3, 2014.

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