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FSFN to join govt

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KATHMANDU — The Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) has decided to join the incumbent government led by CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli.

A meeting of the party held on Tuesday has unanimously endorsed the proposal to join the government after the government expressed its commitment to amend the constitution, according to FSFN Co-Chair Rajendra Shrestha.

FSFN’s decision comes at a time when the Madhes-based party is inching closer to inking a coalition deal with the left alliance comprising UML and CPN (Maoist Center).

The party also concluded that the current development was a political success of the long struggle made by the party for the amendment of the constitution.

Deliberations will continue over the matters of government’s policy and programmes and about allocation of portfolios in the Cabinet, Shrestha said.

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Leaders present at the meeting had unanimously backed the chairman’s proposal to participate in the government, said FSFN Shrestha. Shrestha said that the party is yet to reach a clear understanding on power-sharing and portfolios.

“We have decided to join the government in the wake of the government’s commitment to amend the constitution. Other secondary issues including portfolios would be finalized through further talks,” said Shrestha.

The FSFN has 17 members in the House of Representatives.

During a meeting held at FSFN headquarters in the capital, FSFN Chairman Yadav had briefed party leaders on the achievements made at talks with the left alliance and sought party leaders’ views on participation in the government.

It is learnt that three members including Chairman Yadav, Renu Kumari Yadav and Rajendra Shrestha are the three candidates for ministers.

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Dipak Manange sent to Dilli Bazar jail

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KATHMANDU — Absconding murder accused Rajib Gurung, aka Deepak Manange, who was arrested on Thursday, has been sent to Dilli Bazar jail today.

Manange,who had won the PA seat from Manang in the provincial election from Provice 4, was presented at the Kathmandu District Court and sent to Dillibazaar jail as per the court’s verdict, according to police.

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The Supreme Court (SC) in January had convicted Manange in an attempted murder case and sentenced him to five years imprisonment. He was on the run since the Apex Court upheld the Patan Appellate Court’s verdict to jail him for five years in an attempted murder case.

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