Thursday, August 14, 2008

Prachanda for Prime Minister supported by UML and MJF

Maoist chairman Prachanda' filed his nomination for the Prime Minister Thursday. The Constituent Assembly (CA) will elect the Prime Minister on Friday.

He registered his nomination at the CA secretariat around 4:30 pm. General secretary of Unified Marxist Leninist (UML) proposed his name for the post while Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) coordinator Upendra Yadav supported the proposal.

Earlier today, the Maoists, UML and MJF had reached a seven-point understanding according to which Prachanda would get support of the latter two parties in his prime ministerial bid. UML and MJF will join the Maoist-led government.

Nepali Congress has named Sher Bahadur Deuba as its candidate for the prime minister. Deuba was elected the leader of NC parliamentary party before being selected for the prime minister race.

Meanwhile, talking to reporters after filing his nomination, Prachanda said the main priorities of the next government would be to bring about socio-economic change and establish lasting peace in the country.

Describing the would-be government as a national unity government, the Maoist chairman said the new alliance would still try to convince Nepali Congress to join the government. He also said his party would keep the defence ministry

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