UML rival fronts agree to go by party statute

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
UML rival fronts agree to go by party statute

Sep 2, 2014-

CPN-UML has resolved the long-standing issue of eligibility of a contestant for the position of the party’s politburo member. The core members of the two factions— led by party Chairman KP Sharma Oli and leader Madhav Kumar Nepal— on Tuesday reached an agreement to bar the first-time central committee members from contesting  for the politburo seats.

“Now, the selection of politburo will be in accordance with the party statute endorsed by the general convention,” said party Secretary Prithivi Subba Gurung, who belongs to the Oli faction.

The party statute endorsed by the general convention in July has a provision mentioning that only those leaders who have completed one full-term as central committee member can contest for the politburo membership.  

The provision, however, landed in a dispute after the leaders supporting Oli demanded that all central committee members should be eligible to vie for position in the party’s politburo. Nepal-led faction of UML was adamant that the provision endorsed by the party’s general convention should not be altered and insisted that the first-time central committee members should not be allowed to contest for positions in the politburo.

After senior leaders failed to settle the row, both the factions had assigned their core representatives to sort out the issue. The central committee elected has been unable to elect the politburo because of the differences over criteria of the candidates.  

Published: 03-09-2014 09:20

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