KATHMANDU: The major political forces on Tuesday forged an agreement on several contentious issues including federalism and forms of governance in a bid to ensure the promulgation of new constitution on May 27.
Along with the agreement to build up 11 federal states and forms of governance with the system of electing the president directly and the prime minister from the parliament, the third largest party CPN-UML has showed readiness to join the Baburam Bhattarai-led unity government.
The CPN-UML is sending General Secretary Ishwor Pokharel and leader Radha Gyawali to represent the party in the government. They will be inducted in the Cabinet tomorrow.
According to the understanding made today, the president will be the head of the state while the prime minister will entertain the executive rights, and the parliament's supremacy will be maintained. The federal parliament will have 371 members.
The top leaders of UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and United Democratic Madhesi Front held a meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Baluwatar to make the deal.
Also, the parties agreed upon provisioning a federal commission and entrust it with the rights to give names to and fix the boundaries of 11 Pradheses.
Emerging from the meeting, United DemocratiC Madhesi Front leader Bijay Kumar Gachhadar hinted that there ws no difference over the deal. "The Front will not obstruct the constitution-drafting," he said.