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Maoist Resignations End Old Coalition Govt

Posted by n3wday on June 14, 2008

The deadlock over forming a new government continues, as old conservative parties resist the Maoist plans to lead Nepal. Reactionaires have insisted that the former Prime Minister should continue to hold power, even though his forces have lost popular support and were defeated by the Maoists. It is not clear how this stalemate will be resolved. This article was originally released by the Associated Press

Nepal’s former rebels pull out of government

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal’s former communist rebels quit the country’s interim government Thursday in an effort to force the current prime minister out and allow them to form a new administration.

The former rebels, called Maoists, won the most seats in an election in April to create a government to replace the interim administration that has run Nepal since 2006, when the country’s king restored democracy and the insurgents began peace talks.

While they don’t have a clear majority in the newly elected Constituent Assembly, they do have enough support from other political parties to form a coalition government.

But the current prime minister, Girija Prasad Koirala of the rival Nepali Congress party, has refused to step down and make way for a new government.

On Thursday, Women and Social Welfare Minister Pampha Bhusal, a leading Maoist, said all five ministers from the party had resigned.

“We quit the government to help the process of forming a new government,” Bhusal said.

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