KATHMANDU: Nepal’s ruling Federal Socialist Forum and opposition Naya Shakti Party on Monday formally merged to form the Samajwadi Party Nepal, the country’s third largest party, two months after they initially agreed on the unification.
Deputy Prime Minister Upedrna Yadav-Led Madhesh based Federal Socialist Forum Nepal and former Maoist leader Dr. Baburam Bhattrai-Led Naya Shakti Party have officially merged today.
Earlier Party president of FSFN, also the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Population, Upendra Yadav and Coordinator of Naya Shakti Nepal, Ex prime minister Dr.Babu Ram Bhattarai signed an agreement Saturday to unify their parties.
Yadav and Dr. Bhattrai issued joint press note on Saturday, stating that they would officially announce formation the new party on today.
The unification became possible after two months of intense negotiation between party chair Yadav and Dr. Bhattrai.
Deputy Prime Minister Yadav and former prime minister Dr. Bhattrai both are influenced and protected by southern neighbor Indian main stream.
Leader Yadav and Dr. Bhattrai will chair the new party.
(Ashok Rai, Baburam Bhattarai, Upendra Yadav and Rajendra Shrestha are seen on Saturday. Photo courtesy: Bishwadeep Pandey)
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