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Would sit for talks if Government sent formal letter in name of Alliance, says Federal Alliance: Federal Alliance during a meeting held in Kathmandu on May 27 said that it would sit for talks if the Government sent a formal letter in the name of Alliance. The Alliance has also decided to launch Province and District-centric protests in the next phase of protest programmes. The Himalayan Times, May 28, 2016.

Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on May 26 said that he will be leading the new Government after endorsement of the new budget as per the nine-point understanding reached between his party and the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML). Dahal claimed that it
was not a written agreement but was agreed by the two parties for the same.
My Republica, May 27, 2016.

Nine-point agreement cannot override order issued by SC on issue of human rights violations during decade-long armed insurgency, says NHRC Chairperson Anup Raj Sharma: Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Anup Raj Sharma on May 26 said that the nine-point agreement reached between coalition partners Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) and Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) cannot override the order issued by the Supreme Court (SC) on the issue of human rights violations during the decade-long armed insurgency. My Republica, May 26, 2016.

People's Government and people's courts would be revived as new Constitution was promulgated without consulting his party, says CPN-Maoist General Secretary Netra Bikram Chand: General Secretary of Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist) Netra Bikram Chand on May 20 said his party would revive the people's Government and people's courts at the local level as the new Constitution was promulgated without consulting his party. He also claimed that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was plotting to frame Maoist leaders and cadres on false charges. He said some Maoist leaders had deviated from the original Maoist ideology and therefore the leaders, including Pushpa Kamal Dahal, were not real Maoists. The Himalayan Times, May 21, 2016.

Federal Alliance announces protest programs for next 12 days: The Federal Alliance on May 18 announced protest programs for the next 12 days. It decided to organize mass rallies and programs of public gathering in different places of Kathmandu valley and some other cities.

Meanwhile, Minister for Information and Communications Sherdhan Rai on May 18 said that the Kathmandu-centric protest by Federal Alliance is pointless. Minister Rai claimed that there was no public participation in the protest, adding that the Alliance would be left with no option than holding talks at the last. "The Constitution was not promulgated by someone's mercy. The agitators are for pushing the country toward another civil war by hindering implementation of the Constitution," he claimed. My Republica, May 19, 2016.

Federal Alliance begins Kathmandu-centric protests with picketing of Singha Durbar: Federal Alliance began their Kathmandu-centric protests on May 15 with the picketing of Singha Durbar as an initial phase. Starting from 9 a.m., protestors from 29 Madhesi and Janjati parties gathered in the Singh Durbar area, the center of the country's administration. This was followed by rallies with placards, banners and flags that began from various locations in Kathmandu. The protestors chanted slogans against the Government leadership and urged fulfillment of the 26-point demand they submitted to the Government. They emphasized the redrawing of provincial boundaries and amending of fsome provisions of the Constitution, among other things. A brief scuffle occurred after the protestors tried to cross into the restricted zone. Republica, May 16, 2016.

UCPN-M and CPN-UML sign nine-point agreement: The Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) and Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) on May 5 signed a nine-point agreement. In the agreement, the two parties have decided to take initiatives to form a national consensus government with an objective to create conducive environment for the implementation of Constitution and socio-economic transformation. They have decided to discuss and resolve the issues of Madhes-based parties including federalism through political consensus. The parties have decided to initiate the process of amending the laws within 15 days to work on transitional justice as per the spirit of the Comprehensive Peace Accord. The agreement followed rising political uncertainty in the country. The Himalayan Times, May 6, 2016.

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