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Party unification between UML and Moist Center today

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KATHMANDU — After a long period of conflicts over the issues of unification, the left ruling two parties — CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) — are all set to merge as one on Thursday.

A meeting of the Party Unification Coordination Committee (PUCC) with top leaders of both parties was held today at the official residence of the Prime Minister in Baluwatar which endorsed the unification between the parties which will be announced publicly later today.

The meeting has also come up with a decision to form a nine-member secretariat of the unified party.

Speaking at a programme organised to mark the 25th Madan-Asrit Smriti Diwas today, PM Oli said that the party unification will take place on this auspicious day.

Oli also urged all leaders and party workers to come at the City Hall in Exhibition Road to take part in a programme being organised to announce the party unification.

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The unified party will be called ‘Nepal Communist Party’ and to be registered formally in the Election Commission bearing the election emblem of the Sun today itself.

Likewise, CPN (MC) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, speaking during the programme, said that it he who suggested that the party unification should take place on the occasion of Madan-Asrit Smriti Diwas.

As per agreement reached between two leaders, the power-sharing in the unified party will be 45:55 percent ratio. The Maoist Center will have 45 percent share in the central committee of the to-be-formed new party.

There will be a total of 441 central committee members in the newly formed party in which the share of CPN-UML, the largest party in the parliament will have 241 members and the remaining 200 from the Maoist Center.

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World mourns death of Kofi Annan

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GENEVA — Leaders across the world expressed their condolences following the death of Former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kofi Annan. World leaders praised Annan’s contributions and expressed their admiration for the long-time UN statesman.

Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the UN who rose through its ranks to become its first black African secretary-general, died on Saturday morning in Bern, Switzerland

Antonio Guterres, the current UN chief, described his predecessor as “a guiding force for good.”

“In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations…He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination,” Guterres said.

The United Nations has lowered its flags to half-mast. At UN headquarters in New York, the UN flags flew at half-mast and a bouquet of flowers was placed under Mr Annan’s portrait.

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Tributes flowed in from around the world after his foundation announced his death in the Swiss capital, Bern, after a short and unspecified illness.

The statement remembered the Nobel Peace Prize winner as “radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did”.

Annan had served two terms as UN secretary-general in New York from 1997-2006, retired in Geneva and later lived in a Swiss village in the nearby countryside.

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