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Oli, Dahal agree for party unification prior to govt formation

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KATHMANDU — CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and CPN (Maoist Centre) Pushpa Kamal Dahal have agreed for a party unification within this week prior to the formation of new government.

The two leaders of the left alliance held a one-to-one discussion at at Manbhawan, Lalitpur on Monday afternoon and agreed for the party merger by the first week of the Nepali month of Falgun (mid February), according to the sources.

The sourcses said that the party leadership and modality will be discussed in another one-to-one meeting of the leaders scheduled for Tuesday morning followed by a meeting of Party Unification Coordination Committee which will finalise the merger process.

Th much talked party unification was stalled as leaders of both parties could n’t reach to power sharing model. The Maoist Centre has been demanding Dahal to be a Party Chairperson of unified party if Oli is to be the country’s Prime minister in the new government. However, the UML are not willing to accept Dahal immediately as the party’s chair.

Instead, UML leaders have proposed Dahal as co-chair, which the Maoist Centre is unwilling to buy. Likewise, while the UML has been pushing ahead to form the government as soon as possible, the Maoist Centre is reluctant to abide innstead it is focusing more on party unification.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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