A Merger for the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and a Change in Direction

The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (CPN-M) and the Communist Party of Nepal (Unity Center-Masal) were formally unified on Monday, creating a new communist party – the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified-Maoist) (CPN-UM) that will aim at orchestrating a New Democratic Revolution in the country, government-run newspaper The Rising Nepal reported on Tuesday.

With the unification of the two parties, the Prachandapath will no more be the guiding principle of the new party. It will be guided by the “Marxist-Leninist-Maoist/Maoist thoughts” principles. The joint convention of the two parties on Monday decided to take Prachandapath into the internal discussion of the party.

“We have successfully unified the two parties,” said Narayankaji Shrestha “Prakash”, former general secretary of the CPN-Unity Center-Masal, talking with the media people following the merger.

Prakash said that the joint meeting decided to have 175-member central committee, which will be the organizer of the party convention. Currently, the central committee has 137 members — 106 from the CPN-M and 31 from the Unity Center. The next meeting of the party will appoint the rest of the members.

The joint meeting also elected Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”, the prime minister, as the chairman of the new party. It decided to dissolve the CPN-M and the CPN (Unity Centre-Masal).

It endorsed the political report and the interim statute. The interim statute will guide the party until the party’s convention.

The party will organize a unification declaration mass meeting Tuesday in capital Kathmandu.

Nar Bahadur Karmacharya, founding member of the Communist Party of Nepal, said that the two parties decided to unite in order to bring about the New Democratic Revolution in the country.

Prior to the joint convention, the CPN-M decided to increase the number of central committee members to 106. The separate meetings of the two parties had reached a common viewpoint that the revolution has not been completed in the country.

Now onwards, the party’s policy would be people’s federal democratic national republic, said Prakash, adding that the party would devote to lead the peace process to the logical end and make a people-oriented constitution, protecting the national sovereignty.

According report from Nepali national news agency RSS, there might be three mechanisms in the party — secretariat, politburo and central committee.



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