Maoist-UML meet inconclusive

July 15th, 2008 - 7:02 pm ICT by ANI  

Kathmandu, July 15 (ANI): A disagreement is likely to have arisen between the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) and the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML), the two closest communist allies of the country.

The CPN-M, CPN-UML, the single largest and the third largest party in the Constituent Assembly (CA), which has singled out the Nepali Congress (NC) now seem to be divided over the presidential post.

A meeting between the two held in Kathmandu on Tuesday ended inconclusively following a conflict over the presidential candidate.

The UML has recommended its outgoing General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal for the post of the next president while its counterpart has opposed the proposal.

No official reports on the Maoists choice for the president have been made public so far.

According to Kantipur, the Maoists urged the UML leaders not to stick to an individual-wise issue, but to forge a consensus in forming the new government and to elect the countrys first president, during the meeting.

Emerging from the meeting, Maoist chairman Puspa Kamal Dahal told reporters that the general public will know who is going to be the first president by Wednesday once todays CA meet finalises the election process of the president.

UML leader Bharat Mohan Adhikari informed that the meet mainly dwelt on the structure of power sharing. A consensus will be forged after holding consultation with other parties, he added.

A UML source on Monday said the Maoists will agree on the name of former UML chief Nepal for the next president once the Nepal Congress formally decides to stay in opposition.

Maoist chairman Dahal, leader Mohan Baidya, Ram Bahadur Thapa, Dev Gurung, UML General Secretary Jhalanath Khanal, leaders Adhikari, Bishnu Poudel and Bhim Rawal were present at the meeting held at the UML parliamentary party office in Singhadurbar.

The Maoist is also scheduled to meet the leaders of the Nepali Congress (NC) and the Madhes-based parties today.

The CPN-M being the largest political party in the CA has intensified consultations with other political parties to form the next government with the CA passing the Fifth Amendment bill on the Interim Constitution on Sunday. (ANI)

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