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Nepal: KP Oli to remain PM after Maoist u-turn

The change in stance came as a shot in the arm for Oli who later announced in Parliament that “what happened today was designed in Nepal”, a dig at the Nepali Congress and Madhesi Morcha move to “wreck the government”.

Written by Yubaraj Ghimire | Kathmandu |
Updated: May 6, 2016 1:26:42 am
Nepal crisis, Nepal government crisis, Nepal Maoists government, Maoist party Nepal, Nepal crisis maoist party, nepal current government, K P Oli government Nepal, Nepal government, Nepal Maoist party, Nepal latest news, world news Nepal PM K P Sharma Oli, 64, rose to power with the backing of the Maoists last October after promising to resolve protests against a new constitution by southern plains dwellers and to step up efforts to rebuild homes destroyed by last year’s massive earthquakes. (Source: PTI)

A U-Turn by Maoist Chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal saved K P Oli, Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist, his Prime Ministerial post for the time being, but there are speculations that Dahal would soon be taking over, keeping the ‘Communist Front’ intact.

Dahal met Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba and informed him that he would not be able to honour the ‘deal’ reached between the two Parties that would have catapulted Dahal to the prime minister’s post. Sources said there are speculations that Dahal, based on advice from “external and internal friends” has decided not to break the “left-led and left-dominated government” and give Oli reasonable amount of time to quit with “dignity” and support Dahal as his successor.

The change in stance came as a shot in the arm for Oli who later announced in Parliament that “what happened today was designed in Nepal”, a dig at the Nepali Congress and Madhesi Morcha move to “wreck the government”.

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He said the government would move ahead with reconstruction as well as implementation of the constitution.

The Maoists had said in their earlier resolution that Dahal was keen to take over as prime minister since Oli had failed to protect “sovereignty, peace initiatives and reconstruction work”, the “basis of Maoists’ support” to him.

Dahal’s turnaround has exposed the Nepali Congress that mobilised support in his favour and agreed to hold the second position in the cabinet despite its having over twice the number of Maoists in parliament.

The Oli government will present its budget in parliament as well has have President Bidhya Devi Bhandari address the House with government programmes and policies over the next two days.

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