UML, MC to announce unification today

By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, May 17:
The CPN-UML and the CPN-Maoist Centre almost finalised the unification process on Wednesday.
Sources from both the parties said that the leaders of the two parties would announce the unification of their parties on Thursday, which happens to be Madan Bhandari Memorial Day.
UML vice-chairman Bam Dev Gautam said that the party unification would be announced on Thursday.
A meeting between CPN-UML chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Maoist Centre chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda held today reached an agreement to form a 441-member central committee of the new party.
The name of the new party will be Nepal Communist Party, and it will adopt the sun, the election symbol of the UML, as the election symbol of the new party.
According to the leaders from both the parties, Oli and Prachanda agreed that the UML would share 55 per cent and the Maoist Centre 45 per cent of the seats in the central committee of the new party.
Accordingly, the UML will have 241 and the Maoist Centre 200 members in the central committee of the new party.
The two chairmen also agreed to form a 43-member standing committee of the unified party.
As per their agreement, the standing committee will consist of 43 members, with 25 from the UML and 18 from the Maoist Centre.
Both the chairmen will jointly lead the party until its general convention is held.
The guiding principle of the unified party will be socialism-oriented people’s multiparty democracy.
They agreed to announce the party unification on the occasion of Madan Aashrit Memorial Day on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the meeting of Prime Minister Oli and Prachanda agreed to call a meeting of the Party Unification Coordination Committee (PUCC) to finalise the unification process for Thursday morning.
The meeting of the PUCC on Thursday will give final shape to the unification process after the agreement reached between the chairmen of the two communist parties is tabled at the meeting, UML secretary Yogesh Bhattarai said.
Later, both the parties are scheduled to endorse the decision regarding the party unity made by the PUCC.
The UML has called its central committee meeting for the same on Thursday, according to UML leader Krishna Gopal Shrestha.
The CPN-UML and the Maoist Centre had forged an electoral alliance in a dramatic political development in October last year with a commitment to unify the two parties immediately after the elections. However, it took almost five months for the two parties to conclude their unification process.
The two parties enjoy nearly a two-thirds majority in the federal parliament and a two thirds majority in six of the seven provincial assemblies.
Meanwhile, RSS adds: an extended meeting of CPN (Maoist Centre) Central Office held this evening at the residence of Party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ at Khumaltar took a decision in this regard.
Chairman Dahal briefed the meeting about party unification. After the meeting, CPN (Maoist Centre) Spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said, “A decision has been made to announce party unification on Thursday after holding Party Unification Coordination Committee meeting.”
Bhusal said that the meeting approved the proposal put forth by Chairman Dahal for party unification.

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