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On Monday, the two largest parties in the Federal Parliament- NC and the CPN (UML) – agreed to share the power equation, aiming to form a new government under the leadership of UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli. 

Prime Minister of Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ today called on President Ramchandra Paudel. The Prime Minister and the CPN (Maoist Centre) Chair visited the Head-of-the-State at the Office of the President, Shital Niwas. On the occasion, matters relating to the country’s latest political developments were discussed.    

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has decided not to resign from his post. Maoist Center Secretary Devendra Paudel announced that the office-bearers’ meeting held in Baluwatar resolved to face a vote of confidence in parliament. 

The pact, finalized between NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba and UML Chairman KP Oli, outlines the ministerial division, provincial leadership roles and a rotation for the prime ministerial position.

Under the agreement that is expected to be finalized today, UML Chairman Oli will lead the government initially for the first half of the remaining term of the current parliament.

Former Vice-President of the Nepali Congress, Bimalendra Nidhi, has argued the party decided to politically collaborate with the CPN (UML) to further strengthen the federal democratic republic governance system. The former Deputy Prime Minister Nidhi said the inclusion of other political parties and their cooperation in a new alliance shall be prioritized.  

“The secretariat meeting of the CPN (UML) is taking place at the party’s central office in Chyasal, Lalitpur today. In the meeting, the latest political developments and other agendas for political stability in the country are being discussed.

The Rastriya Swatantra Party (RSP) is not participating in the new ruling alliance led by the Nepali Congress and the CPN (UML). The RSP party secretariat meeting held today decided to exit from the present government, but not participate in the new coalition. 

The Nepali Congress has said it forged power equation agreement with the CPN (UML) for constitution amendment, political stability and improving the economic situation. 

A meeting of the NC office-bearers held at Budhanilkantha, the residence of NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba, today drew the conclusion that the party had to forge consensus with the CPN (UML) to resolve national consensus problems seen in the course of constitution implementation. 

NC Chief Whip Ramesh Lekhak briefed the meeting about the consensus on power equation reached between the NC and UML on Monday night. Both the parties on Monday agreed to move ahead collaborating on the various issues including constitution amendment. 

By – Sweta Singh (Kathmandu)

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