Nepal: Leaders of Three Parties Discuss Formation of National Coalition Government
Posted by Ka Frank on February 3, 2010
This article appeared in Review Nepal on February 1, 2010.
Leaders discuss for changing the government
Kathmandu: Senior leaders of the big three parties on Monday have principally agreed for forming the next national coalition government but did not reached on any concrete conclusion on the modalities and procedures including others.
A meeting of the HLPM held at the residence of Koirala at Maharajgunj on Monday morning, the leaders have discussed on various ranges of issues including forming the state restructuring commission, finalizing the content of joint resolution motion to address the Maoist grievances on the issue of President Dr. Ram Baran Yadhav and forming the next coalition government.
Senior leaders from the Nepali congress and Maoist but from the UML only the chairman Jhala Nath Khanal was invited for having discussion on the issue of forming next coalition government.
Maoist leaders including chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, vice chairmen Dr. Baburam Bhattrai and Narayankaji Shrestha, Nepali Congress parliamentary party leader Ram Chandra Poudel, Spokesperson arjun Narshing KC and general secretary Bimalendra Nidhi and chairman of CPN-UML Jhalanath Khanal were also present in the meeting.
At the meeting the Maoist has proposed for changing the government. “We proposed for changing the government including others but we agreed for further discussion.” vice president Shrestha said after the meeting.
The mechanism was formed under the Nepali Congress president Girija Prasad Koirala with intent to take the peace process to a logical end, write the new constitution on time through the Constituent Assembly and end the current political deadlock. For this propose, the senior leaders of the big three parties has secretly agreed for changing the present government to form the national coalition government incorporating the Maoist. The next meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday.
During the meting Nepali congress president Girija Prasad Koirala cautioned the united communist party of Nepal Maoist for not to speak the language of threats which would hamper the ongoing peace process of the country and consensus efforts between the political parties. Koirala, who is also the coordinator of the High-Level Political Mechanism (HLPM), has also asked the Maoist to stop threatening foreign investors including the GMR-ITD Consortium in the name of national independence.
It is said that Koirala pinpoint the Maoist for repeated threaten from the Maoist cadres to the GMR-ITD, which has been constructing Upper Karnali Hydro Project, the ambitious power project in western region. The Maoist had threatened the GMR to stop construction of hydro project last week.