Sunday, August 17, 2008

"We have finalized the CMP that will be publicised tomorrow," says CPN-M leader Dr. Baburam Bhattarai

KATHMANDU, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Nepali party alliance formed in Friday's prime minister election reached an agreement on Sunday over the Common Minimum Program (CMP) of the new government.

The CMP is to be signed and publicized on Monday morning.

The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (CPN-M) Chairman Prachanda was elected the first Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal on Friday with support from two other allies, the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (CPN-UML) and the Madhesi People's Rights Forum (MPRF).

The leaders of the mentioned three-party alliance leaders forged an agreement on the CMP, through a series of meetings among the parties.

"We have finalized the CMP that will be publicised tomorrow," CPN-M leader Dr. Baburam Bhattarai said at a press conference in the Nepali capital Kathmandu, "We are close to a consensus on other issues."

MPRF leader Jaya Prakash Gupta said that their call was to forma consensus government. "We have not put forward any hindrance to reach an agreement and our discussions are focused on the allocation of the ministerial portfolio," local leading news website eKantipur quoted Gupta as saying.

According to local media's reports, the CMP has set priorities such as timely drafting of new constitution, bringing the peace process to a logical end, restructuring of the state, immediate relief to the conflict-affected people, integration of CPN-M army into Nepal Army and implementation of past agreements, among others

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