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UML discontinues parliament obstruction after 9 months

CPN-UML lawmaker Pradeep Gyawali heads to the rostrum to address the House of Representatives meeting, in Kathmandu, on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Photo: Chandra Bahadur Ale
CPN-UML lawmaker Pradeep Gyawali heads to the rostrum to address the House of Representatives meeting, in Kathmandu, on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Photo: Chandra Bahadur Ale

Kathmandu, May 17

The main opposition, CPN-UML, has finally decided to discontinue the parliament obstruction from Tuesday after around nine months.

The UML had been obstructing the parliament, accusing the speaker of discriminating against the party as he did not remove 14 lawmakers the party had taken action against, in August 2021. The lawmakers led by Madhav Kumar Nepal later formed the new CPN-Unified Socialist, but the UML had been claiming the party was illegal.

The UML has also filed a case against the party at the Supreme Court.

Even during the obstruction, the House spent the entire session and did some important jobs such as the endorsement of the controversial MCC deal.

But, as soon as the House of Representatives meeting began its new session today, its leader Pradeep Gyawali addressed the meeting to inform the party would change the form of the protest as it would obstruct discussions about various topics.

He also said the party made the decision as the people have already punished the leaders who supported the split, referring to the poor performance of the CPN-Unified Socialist in recent elections.

It has been learned that the party made the decision to lift the obstruction as the new breakaway faction has already been fully recognised with it participating in the recent local elections and winning some positions too.

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