Nepal crisis: CPN-UML, UCPN reach 'gentleman's agreement'

Nepal crisis: CPN-UML, UCPN reach

Submitted by Rashmi on Sun, 2016-05-08 18:14 Kathmandu: The CPN-UML has agreed to hand over the government's leadership to the UCPN (Maoist) soon after the budget will be endorsed. Leaders of the ruling parties, who requested anonymity, confirmed that the two parties had reached 'gentleman's agreement' to this effect while signing the nine-point deal that had given a new lease of life to the KP Sharma Oli-led government, which was on the verge of collapse. The nine-point deal does not spell out anything about government change, reports The Himalayan Times. A senior Maoist leader and a UML leader, who worked on the draft of the deal, said that an agreement on leading the government on a rotational basis was reached on Thursday, implying that the UCPN (Maoist) would be the next party to take over the government reins. "There has also been an agreement not to make public the agreement letting UCPN (Maoist) lead the government," said a senior leader. UML leader Bam Dev Gautam has hinted about such an agreement between two parties in an interview. "Along with a written agreement, we have reached another agreement as well," Gautam, who played a key role in convincing the Maoist leaders that the current coalition should be kept intact, said in the interview. During several rounds of meetings with Maoist leaders after it became apparent that the Nepali Congress was going to topple his government, Prime Minister Oli himself had proposed to offer the government's leadership to UCPN (M). (ANI)