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Nepal Timeline - 2018

January 1

Leaders of left alliance - the CPN-UML and the CPN-Maoist Centre - met office bearers of the EC and demanded that results of the PR election be announced immediately.

January 2

PMO prepared directives and by-laws for running provincial parliaments and Governments, defining the role of provincial chiefs (Governors). Sources said that the Government is set to appoint Governors and announce the temporary capitals of the seven provinces in a Cabinet meeting on January 4.

The Government proposed temporary headquarters for all seven provinces, from which administrative works of the respective provinces will be carried out for the time being.

CPN-Maoist Centre leaders during the headquarters meeting of the party Centre urged the party leadership to ensure that Pushpa Kamal Dahal becomes a powerful chief of the unified party if CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli is appointed the Prime Minister.

January 3

Reiterating its position, the EC said that it cannot announce the results of the House of Representatives elections under the PR category before the NA elections.

January 4

An all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to finalize the announcement of NA election date, appointment of province chiefs and declaration of temporary provincial headquarters failed to reach consensus.

Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Yagya Bahadur Thapa said preparations are underway to introduce an ordinance to extend the terms of TRC and CIEDP.

CPN-Maoist Centre Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal stated that the process of forming the new Government would move ahead after the NA election.

January 5

The Government decided to hold the NA election on February 7. A meeting of the Council of Ministers held at Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba's official residence in Baluwatar took a decision to this effect, said Minister for Finance Gyanendra Bahadur Karki.

The Government decided to extend the tenure of CIEDP and TRC by a year. A decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of the Cabinet. Terms of TRC and CIEDP end on February 10.

TRC's office in Province-1 has failed to meet its target in investigating the complaints related to the serious human rights violation during the Maoist insurgency. "The Commission had been entrusted with the investigation of 1,207 cases in the first phase but as there were elections one after another, we have so far investigated only 285 cases and sent them back to the commission's central office," Investigation expert Mina Sedain said.

January 7

CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal held talks and agreed to intensify their efforts to unify their two parties.

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.





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