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Ordinance on citizenship in line with Constitution, SC’s verdict: Attorney General

Kathmandu, May 24: Attorney General Ramesh Badal has argued that Nepal Citizenship (First Amendment) Ordinance, 2021 was introduced as per the Constitution of Nepal and the verdict of the Supreme Court (SC).

At a news conference organised at the Office of the Attorney General, Badal made it clear that the ordinance was unveiled at the request of the Office of the Attorney General for the implementation of the Constitution. “The Attorney General has constitutional right to prosecute, and provide legal feedback and suggestions to the government,” he said.

The ordinance was brought for the implementation of Constitution and many orders of the SC.

He made it clear that implementation of the Constitution and SC’s orders had surfaced difficulties since the bill on citizenship remained is in the Parliament for almost three years.

No treason is committed by bringing ordinance relating to citizenship. It is a constitutional obligation to abide by its provisions, the government’s legal advisor added.

Attorney General Badal also mentioned that there was no other intention than to implement the Constitution.

According to him, a total of 190,702 individuals have received citizenship on the basis of their birth across the country’s 77 districts. Now, the children of those receiving citizenship by birth would get citizenship by descent.

So far, the SC has given 20 mandamus orders on citizenship.

Article 11 (5) of the Constitution of Nepal has stated that a person born to a Nepali citizen mother and having his/her domicile in Nepal but whose father is not traced, shall be conferred the Nepali citizenship by descent but in case his/her father is found to be a foreigner, the citizenship of such a person shall be converted to naturalized citizenship according to the Federal law.

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