Saturday, July 12, 2008

CPN Maoist for consensus on power-sharing

The sentral secretariat of CPN (Maoist) today decided to seek political consensus on allocation of powerful positions, including the president, vice-president and the chair of the Constituent Assembly.

"We have decided to allocate the posts in a manner that will satisfy all," Maoist chairman Prachanda told reporters after the six-hour long meeting held at a resort in Dhulikhel, Kavre district. He, however, didn't explain how the positions were being shared among the parties.

The Maoist Chairman added that the party would seek consensus with other parties on the proposed amendment in the constitution and the structure of the new government.

He also informed that efforts were being made to form a coalition government by mid-July.

According to Maoist spokesperson Krishna Bahadur Mahara, the Maoist party favours an independent civil society personality, like a former Chief Justice, or somebody from the indigenous communities, to become the first president.

Mahara also informed that the meeting did not pick up the names of party leaders who join the cabinet likely to be led by the party chairman.

All 11-members of the Central secretariat were present at the meeting held under tight security presence.

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