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Sunday, May 18, 2008

CPN-UML convention 18 Nov.

Kathmandu, 18 May: The Nepalese capital will be the venue for the eighth general convention of the UPN-UML from 18 November.
A decision was taken Sunday by the 19th central committee meeting chaired by General Secretary Jhalanath Khanal who was elected last Thursday for the second time.
Khanal has been appointed leader of the party in the CA which meets from Friday.
Khanal also managed the party for 16 months during the royal rule until April 2006 when Madhav Kumar Nepal was arrested during the royal regime.
The main responsibility and challenge for Khanal is restore the party as Nepal’s mainstream communist party in the next two years and prepare for parliamentary elections.
As expected former party boss Madhav Kumar Nepal, as expected, was given charge of the foreign department.
KP Sharma Oli, Amrit Kumar Bohara and Ishwar Pokhrel were given charge of organization school, organization and publicity departments respectively.
Bharat Mohan Adhikari was appointed coordinator of a constitution drafting team.
Rajendra Shrestha was given charge of the Valley.

Congress won’t transfer power

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 18 May: One day after Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala said he won’t resign, another top Congress leader said the incumbent government chief will continue and won’t immediately transfer power to Maoists –the biggest party in the CA.
Maoists replaced Congress as Nepal’s biggest political party after the 10 CA elections.
Finance Minister and Congress leader Dr Ram Sharan Mahat Sunday reiterated Koirala won’t resign and transfer power to Maoists as demanded.
Mahat asked CPN (Maoist) to demonstrate a two-third majority in the 601-member CA to form a government under its leadership.
Mahat asked Maoists to adopt a democratic and constitutional process for power transfer and end threats to take to the street to push its demand.
“Maoists don’t even have a simple majority,” the finance minister said.
Dr Baburam Bhattarai Sunday asked the prime minister to resign offering Koirala a position of patron.
CPN-UML central committee called for power sharing to end the current deadlock in government formation.
Positions of president, prime minister and speaker must be shared, the party said.


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