Two parties in ruling alliance against MCC ratification

Now, the fate of the ruling alliance hangs in the balance. The difference over whether to accept or reject the American grant can be decisive even in matters of government change in Nepal.

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Kathmandu: Two parties in the ruling alliance—CPN (Maoist Center) and CPN (Unified Socialist)—have clarified that they will not support the parliamentary endorsement of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and CPN (Unified Socialist) Chairman Madhav Kumar Nepal met Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Thursday morning and told him that they will not stand in favor of the Compact.

The leaders, on Wednesday, held discissions within the party regarding the much-talked-about US assistance.

With the decision, the fate of the ruling alliance hangs in the balance. The difference over whether to accept or reject the American grant can be decisive even in matters of government change in Nepal.

In a recent letter to PM Deuba and Prachanda, MCC had requested them to continue to work with parliamentarians and coalition partners to ratify the Compact by February 28. In a response to a letter sent by PM Deuba and Maoist Chairperson Prachanda on September 29, the MCC has warned that the absence of ratification would end MCC’s partnership with Nepal.