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NC-UML coalition govt likely by Tuesday evening, say leaders

CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli (L) and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba.
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KATHMANDU: Leaders of Nepali Congress and CPN-UML have asserted that a coalition government comprising the Nepali Congress (NC) and the CPN-UML will be formed by Tuesday evening.

Sources at the highest levels reveal ongoing discussions between the NC and UML concerning the division of power.

It is anticipated that a framework will be finalized by tomorrow, marking the commencement of the coalition government formation process.

To this end, UML Chair KP Oli, Vice Chair Bishnu Paudel, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Physical Infrastructure Raghubir Mahaseth engaged in “serious discussions” in Balkot on Monday evening.

Simultaneously, senior NC leaders also engaged in informal discussions at various levels, as per NC sources.

UML leaders have indicated that while an initial framework for power sharing has been agreed upon, final agreements are expected to be reached by Tuesday.

“Our Chairman is set to become Prime Minister, as agreed upon by NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba. The conclusive agreement will be finalized by tomorrow, paving the way for a coalition change,” a UML source revealed.

Currently, the drafting of the agreement involves NC’s Ramesh Lekhak and Gyanendra Bahadur Karki, alongside UML General Secretary Shankar Pokhrel and other leaders such as Ramesh Badal.