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UCPN (Maoist) not to pull back support to Oli govt for now

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KATHMANDU — Amid the speculations, one of the main ruling partners, UCPN (Maoist) has decided not to pull back its support to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli led government for now.

The UCPN (Maoist), which yesterday chose to form a new government under its leadership, has decided not to withdraw its support to the KP Sharma Oli-led government ‘for the time being’.

According to the sources,  said UCPN (M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal decide to proceed with support  Oli after the latter proposed him to lead the government after passing the annual budget and policies.

Sources said that the UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, following his meeting with UML leaders—Jhalanath Khanal and Bamdev Gautam—on Thursday morning took the decision.

On Wednesday morning, UCPN (Maoist) astounded its partners in the coalition with formal announcement of its plan to break the alliance. The party was also considering pulling back its members from the government.

Later on the day, PM Oli made a new offer to Dahal to break the alliance in making. During a meeting with Maoist leaders including Dahal at his official residence, Oli said that he was ready to support Maoist-led government if the Maoist supports him in presenting the annual budget policies and programs.

The source further added that Khanal and Gautam requested Dahal not to topple the government before it could present the government’s policy and programs in parliament. The source said Dahal agreed to the request.

Earlier in the morning, a meeting of the Council of Ministers was postponed after ministers from the UCPN (Maoist) did not show up at meeting.

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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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