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Analysis: Nepal — Towards a New Beginning

Posted by Mike E on May 19, 2008

By Mritiunjoy Mohanty, 17 May, 2008 (originally posted on Socialist Unity site)

The background
On 5th October 2007, negotiations between the Seven Party Alliance (Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and five smaller parties) and the CPN-Maoists broke down on the issue of electoral modalities and the abolition of the monarchy. As a result, elections scheduled for 22nd November 2007 were indefinitely postponed. Negotiations broke down because, having formally signed an agreement on 16th November 2006 stating that, among other things, members of the Constituent Assembly would be elected by a mix of first-past-the-post (FPTP) and proportional representation (PR) and that the fate of the monarchy would be decided by the Assembly, the CPN-Maoists went back on both. They wanted that the Constituent Assembly be elected only through PR and the fate of the monarchy be decided prior to the elections [1]. The postponement was greeted by analysts and a sceptical mainstream media as another indicator that the CPN-Maoists, afraid of the ballot box, were never serious about elections and that the November 2006 agreement was merely a tactical ploy [2].

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May 28: The Day Nepal’s Monarchy Ends?

Posted by Mike E on May 19, 2008

In countries, like the U.S., that have long been republics, people often don’t understand the oppressive ideologies tied up with hereditary monarchies. The idea that some individuals (and their offspring) are “born to rule” everyone is profoundly hostile to the idea that society (and the state ) should “serve the people.” The overthrow of Nepal’s Hindu monarchy (headed by the much hated Gyanendra) is now about to happen — if the Constituent Assembly convenes, as planned, on May 28. Its first act will be abolishing the old system — and its next act will be to struggle over the kind of republic that should replace the monarchy.

Nepal will soon be a republic

(Photo right: Nepal’s King Gyanendra)

12/05/2008 19:09 – (SA) Kathmandu – Nepal’s government announced on Monday that its new constitution-drafting body would meet for the first time on May 28 when it is due to formally abolish the monarchy and declare the country a republic.

The Maoists, who scored a surprise victory in landmark elections last month, vowed that the monarchy would be scrapped during the first sitting of the assembly.

The ex-rebels overturned all predictions in the April polls, winning 220 of the 601 seats in the constitutional assembly – more than twice the number of their nearest rivals and pre-election favourites, the Nepali Congress.

“The prime minister has sent letters to all the participating political parties calling for the first meeting of the constituent assembly on May 28,” Aditya Baral, adviser to Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, told AFP.

End of world’s only Hindu monarchy

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Video: Raising the Red Flag in Nepal

Posted by Mike E on May 19, 2008

Embedding was prevented for this interesting report

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