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NC postpones general convention to next month

The Nepali Congress has deferred to next month its general convention that is expected to elect a new generation of office bearers, citing the fifth round of Prime Ministerial election that is scheduled for August 18.

world Updated: Aug 08, 2010 22:26 IST

The Nepali Congress has deferred to next month its general convention that is expected to elect a new generation of office bearers, citing the fifth round of Prime Ministerial election that is scheduled for August 18.

The party will now hold its 12th general convention from September 17 to 21 in Kathmandu instead of the planned dates of August 26 to 30.

Nepal's Constituent Assembly will attempt to elect a new prime minister yet again on August 18 after the first four attempts failed to throw up a consensus candidate.

In case the August 18 election failed to elect the Prime Minister it would affect the general convention of the party, sources in the Nepali Congress said.

The party's central committee meeting held on Sunday decided to defer the date for the general convention, said NC Vice President Gopal Man Shrestha.

"The postponing of the date has provide us more time for preparation too," he said, adding the NC will now elect its new party president during next month's general convention.

Acting president Shushil Koirala and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba are the main contenders for the post of the president.

Bimalendra Nidhi and Sujata Koirala are the possible contenders for the post of general secretary.

The party that lost its President Girija Prasad Koirala in March this year, wants to hand over its leadership to the new generation of leaders.

The last general convention of the party was held five years ago.

This time some 3,100 representatives are expected to participate in the convention.

The party's village, town, district and regional level committees are holding their conventions to elect representatives to participate in the general convention.

The party, established some 60 years ago, has 350,000 active members.