UML, Maoists to merge, Oli to be PM

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - World - Anil Giri let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

: Two months af­ter the suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion of par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, the vic­to­ri­ous CPN-UML party on Wed­nes­day for­mally named its chair­man, KP Sharma Oli, as Nepal’s next prime min­is­ter.

A meet­ing of the party’s stand­ing com­mit­tee pro­posed Oli as the next pre­mier with the sup­port of its left­ist ally, the CPN-Maoist Cen­ter, said CPN-UML leader Suren­dra Pad­ney.

As the head of the largest party in the lower house of Par­lia­ment, Oli is the nat­u­ral claimant for the post but re­quires sup­port from the Maoists to se­cure a ma­jor­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to Pandey, the stand­ing com­mit­tee also gave the nod to a for­mal merger be­tween the CPN-UML and the CPN-Maoist Cen­ter. The two com­mu­nist par­ties had de­cided last Oc­to­ber to jointly con­test the elec­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to an agree­ment, Oli and CPN-Maoist Cen­ter chief Pushpa Ka­mal Da­hal “Prachanda” will be co-chairs of the new Com­mu­nist Party and split the premier­ship on a ro­ta­tional ba­sis, Pandey said.

Modal­i­ties for the ro­ta­tion of the premier­ship, merger of the par­ties, and the or­gan­i­sa­tion and po­lit­i­cal doc­trine of the new party will be de­ter­mined by a task force formed by both par­ties. Oli will for­mally stake a claim at the Pres­i­dent’s Of­fice as soon as Prime Min­is­ter Sher Ba­hadur Deuba puts in his pa­pers af­ter chair­ing a fi­nal meet­ing of his cabi­net.


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