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Nepali CPN-UML might lead next gov't
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13:06, May 05, 2009

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Possibility for the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (CPN-UML) to lead next government is increasing as some major parties favor so.

During the meeting held on Monday in the CPN-UML headquarters in Nepali capital Kathmandu, Girija Prasad Koirala, the chief of the second largest in the Constituent Assembly (CA) Nepali Congress (NC), proposed Madhav Kumar Nepal, senior leader of the CPN-UML to head the country, saying he was ready to support him from his side.

"We have no problem if CPN-UML wants to lead the national government," local newspaper The Rising Nepal on Tuesday quoted NCleader Ram Chandra as saying.

The NC showed unwillingness to lead the government. Binaya DhojChand, a NC leader, said, "This isn't the right time for the NC to lead the government."

In response, the CPN-UML leaders have showed their readiness to head the national coalition government under the leadership of Madhav Kumar Nepal. Jhala Nath Khanal, chairman of the party, said on Monday that his party was ready to lead the new government.

According to the CPN-UML sources, the fourth largest CA party the Madhesi People's Rights Forum (MPRF) chairman Upendra Yadav has also pledged his support to a CPN-UML-led government via telephone. As the foreign affairs minister, he is expected to arrive home on Tuesday cutting short his visit to Brazil.

The CPN-UML, the third largest party itself, has called an all-party meeting on Tuesday to discuss the prospect of forming a national coalition government. Leadership of the single largest CAparty the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M) is also invited.

After pulling out from the government on Monday, the UCPN-M has announced that they will protest from the streets and the parliament as the secretariat meeting on Monday decided. The UCPN-M leader Babu Ram Bhattarai said they would not join the government until President Ram Baran Yadav's move to reinstate Chief of Army Staff Rookmangud Katawal is scrapped.

Barsaman Pun, senior leader of the UCPN-M also told Xinhua on Monday night that his party would not join the next government.

Nepali President Ram Baran Yadav on Monday evening has accepted the resignation tendered by Prime Minister Prachanda, also chairman of the UCPN-M.

The Nepali government led by the UCPN-M on Sunday morning decided to sack Chief of Army Staff Rookmangud Katawal without the coalition’s consensus. The coalition party CPN-UML hence pulled out of the government on Sunday afternoon.

Late on Sunday, President Ram Baran Yadav faxed a special instruction to Katawal, asking him to continue in his office, which the UCPN-M leaders termed as unconstitutional and meaningless.


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