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UML, Maoist Center unification and party registration today

KATHMANDU: The long awaited unification of CPN (UML) and CPN (Maoist Center) is taking place today evening ending the uncertainty over the merger. Preparations are almost over, and the scene has been all set. A meeting of the party unification coordination committee scheduled at 10am today at Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar will fix the time, date and process for the merger. The decision taken by the meeting will be approved by the UML’s central committee. Following this, the new Nepal Communist Party will be registered with the Election Commission today itself, and this will be made public through a press conference.
A meeting between chairs of both the parties—KP Sharma Oli (UML) and Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ (Maoist Centre)—on Wednesday morning agreed to seal the unification deal, and announce the merger on Thursday coinciding with the 25th death anniversary of UML leaders Madan Kumar Bhandari and Jibaraj Ashrit, who were killed when a jeep carrying both of them plunged into Trishuli river some 25 years ago. According to the agreement, the new unity party will be named ‘Nepal Communist Party’, the new party will be guided ideologically by the philosophy of Marxist –Leninist and on political line, People’s Democracy will be adopted and leadership of the new party will be shared alternatively.
The new party will have 441-member central committee (241 members from the UML and 200 from the Maoist Centre).
Likewise, it will have a 43-member standing committee with 25 representatives from the UML and 18 from the Maoist Centre. The party will have ‘Sun’ as its electoral symbol, the one the UML has been using for long.

Published Date: Thursday, May 17th, 2018 | 10:59 AM

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