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SC scraps demand for fresh Presidential election: The Supreme Court (SC) on January 23 scrapped a writ demanding an election for the appointment of new President and Vice President. A single bench of justice Girish Chandra Lal released a verdict to this effect stating that the tenure of President and Vice President would not end unless the promulgation of a new constitution or an amendment to the Article 36(c) of the interim constitution, maintaining it. Himalyan Times, January 24, 2014.

Constitution within a year, says NC President Sushil Koirala: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sushil Koirala on January 16 said that constitution will be promulgated within a year under any circumstances. He added that a referendum could be held to sort out contentious issues to ensure the same. He said that the political parties would do their best to forge consensus on contentious issues such as forms of governance and federalism, but if those attempts fail then the political parties will fulfill their commitment to draft the new constitution within a year by holding a referendum on the disputed topics. Nepal News, January 16, 2014.

SC rules against amnesty offer to conflict-era rights violators: The Supreme Court (SC) on January 2 has decreed against any bid to offer blanket amnesty to those alleged of serious human rights violation during the armed conflict (1996-2006). Delivering order in regard to a writ petition filed against the Ordinance on forming Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the apex court said that the offer of amnesty will be against the spirit of justice. The apex court further said that the Ordinance contradicts with the citizens' right to life, right to seek justice, right to information, right against torture and other principles of justice. Nepal News, January 3, 2014.

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