News Analysis: Nepal’s two Maoist parties to unify to regain political clout [Xinhua]

KATHMANDU, May 17 (Xinhua) — Nepal’s two communist parties, the UCPN (Maoist) and CPN-Maoist, are making efforts to unify to regain their lost position in the national politics, top officials of both parties have said.

Top officials of both parties have been meeting during the last few days to highlight the importance of unification in a bid to have a bigger role in the ongoing constitution-drafting process.

Due to their split in 2012, the UCPN (Maoist) came out third in the Nov. 19, 2013 elections, while the CPN-Maoist, which boycotted the election, has practically been left out in national politics.

The UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal akin Prachanda has said that he is ready to hand over the leadership of the party to CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya if it helps to unite the two parties. “Party leadership is not a big deal for me, the party has become weak so two parties should be united,” Prachanda said.

This is the first time that Prachanda has said that he is even ready to give up the post which he has been occupying for two decades now. The leaders said that with the continued disunity among the leaders of the two parties, there would be lesser chances for their communist agenda to be incorporated in Nepal’s new constitution…

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