Oli likely to agree to Dahal’s choice for speaker’s post

Oli likely to agree to Dahal’s choice for speaker’s post

KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal gathered together for more than two hours in Baluwatar to review candidates for the post of speaker of the House of Representatives, though they could not decide on a precise candidate.

Surya Thapa the PM Oli’s Press Adviser stated that the two leaders assembled for two-and-a-half hours to review candidates for speaker election, but Thapa did not disclose particulars of what ensued in the meeting. He said it was the continuation of yesterday’s meeting among the two leaders.

As per the sources, the two leaders agreed to move forward in line with the spirit of unification of the then CPN-UML and CPN-MC to form the NCP. Which means, probabilities are higher than the new speaker will be elected from among lawmakers representing former CPN-MC, said the source.

Dahal and Oli have been at differences for the past few weeks over speaker election, with both the leaders propelling their favorites for the post. While Oli is backing former speaker Subas Chandra Nembang, Dahal is under pressure not to give up the speaker’s post designated to the then CPN-MC during the unification. Dahal is in courtesy of either PamphaBhusal or Agni Sapkota.

Furthermore, Deputy Speaker Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe has also staked her claim to the post. Last Saturday, the NCP secretariat had urged Tumbahangphe to resign, but she declined to put in her papers. She has said she will resign following the party finalizes the candidate.

Oli-Dahal stand-off has headed to the HoR meeting being postponed thrice this Bill Session, inviting wide criticism and condemnation from opposition parties and civil society members. The next House meeting has been slated for January 20.

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