NC, UML agree to settle coalition disputes in 15 days

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
NC, UML agree to settle coalition disputes in 15 days

Aug 13, 2014-

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli have agreed to sort out the issues between the two ruling parties that are said to be hindering the government functioning. Leaders from the two parties confirmed on Wednesday that Koirala and Oli have reached an understanding to settle the issues within 15 days.

Before holding the first central committee meeting of the party on Tuesday in the Capital, UML Chairman Oli had taken a detail overview of the government functioning with his party ministers. The UML ministers had lamented to Oli that Nepali Congress’s (NC) working style was “largely unilateral”. After hearing the complaints form the party ministers, Oli had reached the PM’s official residence at Baluwatar on Monday evening and relayed the complaints of his party ministers to Prime Minister Koirala, who is also the NC president.

Oli and Koirala had then agreed to sort-out the differences related to shortcomings of the government functioning, make key appointments, and seek a political solution of seven-point deal between NC and UML in February.

UML chairman and the prime minister have agreed to settle the outstanding issues within 15 days, said Minister for Information and Communication Minendra Rijal.

Of late, UML has been raising the issue of the seven-point deal that had paved the way for the formation of NC-led coalition government. The pact includes some key agreements between the ruling partners, chief among them re-endorsement of president and vice-president from Constituent Assembly, and ensuring the draft a new constitution by second week of February 2015.

The two parties had also agreed to appoint 26 lawmakers through the Cabinet; fill the vacancies at the National Human Rights Commission and the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority, Supreme Court and appellate courts; appoint ambassadors for 16 countries; and promote seven deputy inspector generals of Nepal Police to the additional inspector generals.

Minister Rijal said Prime Minister Koirala and UML Chairman Oli are doing the homework from their sides to clear the decks as soon as possible to ensure better government functioning.

According to a UML source, Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam and Minister Rijal are making the list for the due appointments, and preparing the modality of a fresh understanding on implementing the seven-point deal.

A leader close to UML Chairman Oli said that Koirala and Oli have also reached an understanding to resolve the disputed issues of the constitution by holding talks among the parties.

Published: 14-08-2014 09:40

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