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Kathmandu, Dec. 7: Sixteen political parties including the UCPN (Maoist) have decided to form a coalition ‘Federal Democratic Alliance’ to institutionalize federalism along with identity.

A meeting of the parties’ top leaders held at the UCPN (M) central office, Parisdanda agreed to form an alliance, citing a defeat of pro- identity-based federal parties in the November 19 Constituent Assembly ( CA) election.

The meeting urged UCPN(M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to take the leadership of an alliance, according to Sanghiya Samajbadi Party general secretary Rajendra Shrestha.

Similarly, the 16 parties are to hold an intra-party meeting to finalise the name of members (from respective parties) in a new alliance. The meeting reiterated its demand for forming a commission to investigate the ‘rigging’ (as claimed by the parties) in the CA election.

“It is both the duty and responsibility of the government and the Election Commission to respond to matters raised about the fairness of the election,” the meeting stressed. The meeting also discussed about the agendas presented by a taskforce formed by the 16 parties.

The meeting reached the conclusion that the provision of majority system in the Interim Constitution be replaced by ‘consensual system’ to address the sentiments of all political parties. Besides, the meeting stressed that all the political parties should go ahead, following the 12-point political agreement, the Interim Constitution, the comprehensive peace agreement and people’s aspirations, calling for institutionalizing identity-based federalism.

Top leaders of Terai Madhes Loktantrik Party, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Nepal, Sanghiya Samajbadi Party, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Republican) were among those present in the meeting. RSS

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