New Constitution amendment bill likely to be passed swiftly: Law Minister

The government of Nepal replaced the previous 7 point amendment bill with a new 11 point amendment proposal on Tuesday. If the amendment bill is passed, the government can set up a commission to look into the number of provinces and their boundaries. The government has also proposed a revision of Article 274 of the constitution which allows the federal Parliament to exercise the power of the provincial assemblies in their absence. The new bill aims at addressing some of the key demands raised by United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF). The Madhesi parties, that have been demanding more representation in all state mechanism, are opposing the local body elections slated for May 14.