UML, MC to finalise party unification issues today

By A Staff Reporter

Kathmandu, Feb. 18: A Meeting of the Party Unity Coordination Committee (PUCC) of the CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre is scheduled to take place on Sunday to finalise the nuances of coming together.

Although party unification was earlier said to reach the final stage, the unity process could not move ahead due the appointment of Oli as the new Prime Minister and his oath taking as well as the busy schedule of the top leaders of the two parties.

A one-to-one meeting of UML chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Maoist Centre chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda held on Saturday reached an understanding to finalise the remaining issues of party unification by convening a meeting of the PUCC tomorrow.

The one-and-a-half-hour meeting between Oli and Prachanda was held at the former’s residence in Balkot, Bhatkapur to prepare the ground for tomorrow’s meeting of the PUCC, Oli’s press coordinator Chetan Adhikari said.

Talking to media persons after the meeting, Prachanda said that they reached an understanding during the meeting that the party unification process should be finalised soon. 

“The party unification will be announced soon after the PUCC meeting sorts out the remaining issues on Sunday. No one should doubt the two-party unification,” Prachanda added.

The Maoist Centre is insisting that it would not join the Oli-government until the issues regarding party unification are finalised.

Although the issues of the leadership of the party and the government have been settled, the ideological aspect and the organisational structure of the new party have yet to be sorted out.

On Wednesday, the meeting of the PUCC had agreed to form two separate taskforces and finalise the unification process on Thursday.

However, the meeting could not formally occur on Thursday as the formation of the new government and oath taking ceremony of the Prime Minister and ministers took place on the day.


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