Seven-party meet to discuss coalition of Nepal's future government

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Kathmandu, May 6 (UNI) Seven political parties in the Himalayan kingdom will discuss the model of the future government and implementation of a republic at an all-party meeting scheduled for May 9.

Prime Minister and president of Nepali Congress Girija Prasad Koirala has called the meeting following separate consultations with the UML and Maoists.

"We have told the Maoists to present the model of their future government," said UML leader Bharat Mohan Adhikari, who attended the meetings with Maoist Chairman Prachanda and Mr Koirala yesterday.

Mr Adhikari said the future government should be formed only after reaching a consensus among all the political parties. "Since we face the serious task of drafting a new constitution, all the political parties must maintain unity," he said, adding, "Parties should also reach consensus over the issue of the Constituent Assembly meeting and its agenda." During a separate meeting this morning, UML leader Madhav Nepal, acting general secretary Amrit Bohara and Mr Adhikari told Mr Koirala that the Maoists, being the largest political party, should be allowed to head the next government.

Mr Koirala said an agreement on the composition of the future government and implementation of a republic should be reached among all the political parties before the first meeting of the CA is convened.

Maoist Chairman Prachanda held a separate meeting with UML leader Nepal at the latter's residence at Koteswor and urged the UML to join the future coalition government.

Prachanda also urged Nepal to cooperate in the implementation of a republic through the first meeting of the CA.

Mr Nepal, however, said the party's central committee meeting will decide whether or not to participate in the government.

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