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Nepal’s government said Wednesday that it had formed a team to investigate this week’s vandalism in parliament when fighting broke out over a draft constitution.

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During a session that lasted through the night Monday, opposition parliamentarians hurled chairs, microphones and shoes and broke furniture in the constituent assembly hall.

They were trying to block a process proposed by the speaker, Subhash Chandra Nembwang, to form a committee that would organize voting to decide on the disputed issues in the writing of the constitution.

The assembly secretariat said the losses amounted to 3 million rupees (30,000 dollars).

Lawmakers found liable could be expelled for a minimum of 10 days and fined an amount equivalent to the damage estimated.

January 22 is the latest deadline to promulgate the new constitution, after several missed deadlines since the first Constituent Assembly was elected in 2008.

The Unified Maoist party and 30 smaller allies are demanding that the new charter be finalized by consensus, rather than by a vote in the Constituent Assembly.

The ruling coalition Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxists-Leninists, who dominate the assembly, are pushing for a vote to break the deadlock.

The argument over procedure reflects disagreements on content, centered on how to restructure the state after the civil war that ended in 2006.


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