President Asks for Reconsideration in Citizenship Amendment Bill

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Citizenship Bill was presented to the president Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Shrawan 15, but she has returned it back to the cabinet for reconsidering some provisions.


President Bidya Devi Bhandari has returned the citizenship bill. Sagar Acharya, spokesperson for the President’s Office, said she had returned the bill on Sunday evening. Prez Bhandari was bound to give a verdict on the bill by Monday according to the constitutional provision.

The bill passed by the federal parliament was sent to the President’s Office on Shrawan 15 for verification.

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The House of Representatives approved the Citizenship Act, 2063 amendments on Friday by a majority vote. It was required to modify citizenship in order to make it compatible with Nepal’s Constitution.

The amendment was registered in Parliament back in Shrawan 22, 2075. However, it was not practicable due to disagreements among the parties. The government withdrew the amendment bill on Ashar 25 and registered a new one. This was approved by the lower house on Friday. The House of Representatives State Affairs Committee had spent more than two years trying to reach an agreement among the parties.

Before the 2072 constitution, the government would also grant citizenship by birth, citizenship by descent, and naturalized citizenship. This meant that any child born within a country’s borders or territory was automatically granted citizenship in that country if the person did not have other citizenship. READ MORE…

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