Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala today formally called upon Maoist chairman Prachanda to take initiation, as the head of the largest party in the Constituent Assembly (CA), to form a new government.
Koirala made this call during a meeting of three main parties - CPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN (UML) - at his residence in Baluwatar Saturday.
"The Prime Minister who also acts as head of the state has asked Prachanda to take initiation for a new government in accordance with the constitution," peace minister and NC vice-president Ram Chandra Poudel told reporters after the meeting.
According to him, the meeting dwelled on issues like formation of the government, amendment in the Interim Constitution, nomination of 26 CA members and appointment of a 'ceremonial president', but no decision was taken.
Another round of tripartite meeting will take place in Baluwatar Sunday morning to discuss these issues. In that meeting, Maoist chairman Prachanda will provide an outline on how consensus for a unity government,and other issues, could be built, Poudel informed.
Besides Prime Minister Koirala, Maoist chairman Prachanda and UML general secretary Jhal Nath Khanal, other senior leaders of the three parties including NC leaders Dr Shekhar Koirala and K.P Situala, Maoist leaders Dr Baburam Bhattarai, Ram Bahadur Thapa 'Badal' and Mohan Baidya 'Kiran' and UML leader Amrit Kumar Bohara participated in the meeting, which started at 10:00 am and ended at around 1:00 pm.