Unlikely happens in final hours; KP Oli agrees to share power with Prachanda

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Kathmandu: A twist and turns of events in the dying moments shifted the ball to KP Oli’s court as the CPN-UML became the decisive force to form a new government.

As the ruling coalition of five parties failed to forge an agreement to form the new government, the CPN-UML, the second largest party in the parliament, became a decisive force as it agreed to share power with the Maoist Center.

A meeting of six parties in Balkot, residence of KP Sharma Oli, agreed to form a coalition to form the new government led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, Dev Gurung, general secretary of Maoist Center, told Nepal Live Today.

The meeting has agreed that Prachanda would lead the government for two and a half years.

With this, CPN-UML, Maoist Center, Rastriya Swatantra Party, Rastriya Prajatantra Party, Janata Samajwadi Party, and Janamat Party will form the government as per Article 76 (2) of the constitution of Nepal. 

The coalition of these parties hold a strength of 162 seats in the parliament.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari, on December 18, had invited political parties to stake their claim to the position of the Prime Minister as per Article 76 (2) of the constitution of Nepal. The deadline, given by the president, is ending today at 5:00 PM.

Earlier in the afternoon, a series of meetings between ruling party leaders failed to yield any decisive outcome.

The decisive meetings were concluded indecisively as Nepali Congress was reluctant to present Maoist chairperson Prachanda as the candidate of the Prime Minister for the first term.

Following the failure to forge the consensus, Prachanda and other leaders rushed to the residence of KP Sharma Oli, chair of CPN-UML, seeking his support to form the government.