Nepal: Ruling Leftist Parties Merge into Marxist Leninist Party

Lester Mason
May 18, 2018

The unification of both the parties was announced in the presence of CPN (UML) Chairman and Prime Minister of Nepal K.P.Sharma Oli and CPN (Maoist Centre ) Chief and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda in Kathmandu Thursday.

Prachanda said during his announcement that the unification of the two communist parties was like forming water by combing hydrogen and oxygen and they can't be separated once the water is formed.

More than seven months after CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre announced electoral alliance, the two parties have made a decision to finally dissolve their parties tomorrow and form a unified party following intense formal and informal talks today.

The CPN-UML, led by Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, and the CPN-Maoist Centre, led by former premier Prachanda, announced the formation of the grand party at a press conference following a series of meetings.

Hydrogen and oxygen can not be separated once they turn into water.

According to the agreement, the two chairmen will jointly lead the unified party until the general convention.

Communist Party of Nepal (UML) and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) have merged and formed Nepal Communist Party.

The new party's central committee will include 241 members from the former CPN-UML and 200 from CPN-Maoist Center, and its 43-member standing committee will have 25 representatives from the CPN-UML and 18 from CPN-Maoist Center.

Internationally, too, this move of unification by Nepal's communists ahead of Oli's June visit to China is significant and will keep India guessing over various angles and aspects.

Earlier, Oli held a joint meeting of the unified party at the Prime Minister's official residence in Baluwatar. This was followed by Oli and Prachanda administering the oath of office and secrecy to each other.

He said, unification will take Nepal to a new path of development and economic prosperity.

Similarly, UML General Secretary Ishwor Pokharel who is also a member of the PUCC said that the two chairmen will form a nine-member secretariat.

All the properties registered in the name of UML and Maoist Centre will be transferred to the new party.

After the meeting, top leaders went to the Election Commission to inform it about the merger, and the NCP's new election symbol, the Sun.

In their political document, both parties agreed to accept the contribution made by decade-long Maoist's People's War and peaceful struggle by the UML in the last decades.

Following the party's registration, a meeting of joint central committee members was organised.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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