Communist Party Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist gives up neutrality

13:26, December 17, 2010      

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The ruling Communist Party Nepal- Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) has finally given up its five- month-old neutral position in the prime ministerial election in parliament.

According to Friday's Republica daily, the CPN-UML party has urged Nepali Congress (NC) leader Ram Chandra Paudel, the lone candidate in the prime ministerial election, to back out of the race, and it has also asked the Unified Communist Party of Nepal ( Maoist) (UCPN-M) to withdraw its demand for a special session of parliament.

"The UML makes it clear that the party will vote against Paudel if he refuses to withdraw his candidacy," said the party in a seven-point proposal passed by the central committee meeting held here on Thursday.

The party has emphasized the need to end the ongoing voting and elect a new prime minister through a new election process.

As many as 16 rounds of voting in parliament have failed to elect a new prime minister as the third-largest party CPN-UML remained neutral, saying a majority government would not be able to deliver peace and the constitution.

Earlier, the CPN-UML had proposed the conditional candidacy of its Chairman Khanal for prime minister, saying the party would support him only if he secures a two-third majority in the House. Khanal's candidacy was withdrawn at the last minute on the ground that he failed to produce the support of 401 lawmakers in writing.

Following withdrawal of his candidacy, Khanal has remained adamant in his neutral stance while Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and KP Sharma Oli have been in favor of voting for Paudel and giving continuity to the present ruling coalition.

Source: Xinhua
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