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Two Left parties in Nepal merge

18 May 2018

Nepal's ruling Left parties - Communist Party of Nepal (CPN)-(Unified Marxist-Leninist) and CPN-Maoist Centre - saw a former merger on Thursday, May 17, to form the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) to set up the country's largest Left force and it came eight months after they initially pledged for the unification.

In his address, Co-Chairperson of newly formed party Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda said that with the unification, Nepal has given a new message of development and political stability to the worldwide politics.

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 news conference following a series of meetings. "Both CPN-UML and CPN Maoist Centre will dissolve", said CPN-Maoist Center leader Janardan Sharma on Wednesday.

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Prachanda said: "The era of good governance has started with the unification of two Communist parties".

As per their understanding, Oli and Dahal will take turns to assume the posts of unified party chairman and prime minister, the phrase "people's war" will be incorporated in the political document with a mention that it contributed to the establishment of republic, inclusion, proportional representation and federalism in the country. "This unification is for the prosperity of the nation and we will follow the all democratic norms and values", Oli said.

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A nine-member central secretariat and a 45-member standing committee were also formed to guide the new party.

It will have a 43-member Standing Committee with 25 UML representatives and 18 from the Maoist Centre.

Now, the new party has a strength of 175 members in the 275-member House of Representatives, which is almost two third majority. Later, Oli and Prachanda administered the oath of office and secrecy to each other.

Following their meeting, the two leaders called their parties' meetings and briefed their leaders about their agreement on party unification. Top leaders of UML and Maoist Centre will then visit the Election Commission to register the new party.

The NCP has the sun as its symbol, which was the election symbol of the CPN-UML. But the deal's way was cleared after the two communist leaders met on Wednesday, May 16, which also marked the 25th death anniversary of popular CPN-UML leader Madan Bhandari, who lost his life in a suspicious auto crash.

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

Two Left parties in Nepal merge