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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.

The withdrawal from the interim government by the largest political party is likely to put pressure on Koirala. His office has not commented, and officials reached on the telephone said they have not heard anything from the Maoists and would not comment on media reports.

The Maoists are known for gathering thousands of people for demonstrations, but Bhusal said they had no plans to protest.

“We believe our resignation is enough to pave the way for formation of the new government,” Bhusal said.

In the past, Nepal’s king, as head of state, would have forced the prime minister aside. But the monarchy was abolished last month by the Constituent Assembly, which is charged with governing Nepal while it rewrites the constitution.

Koirala is currently serving as both head of government and head of state. Since he controls the bureaucracy, the army and the police, there is no one to force him to resign.

The prime minister hasn’t given a reason for refusing to step aside after his party lost the vote.

But in the two months since the election, he has pushed to become president — a post that is to be created by the assembly. The Maoists have resisted, saying one of their members should fill the presidency.

3 Responses to “Maoist Resignations End Old Coalition Govt”

  1. Anon said

    How old is that fucker anyways?

    Dude needs to step down already.

  2. Girija Prasad koirala shold respect the majority so that there will be the easy way for the formation of new government

  3. n3wday said

    Heh heh, there are plenty of things people should do. Koirala should step down. The CPN(M) shouldn’t have to worry about integration so much because the NA should really serve the people. However there is a very important power struggle occurring here. This isn’t simply about getting more representation. It’s about armies, and which direction Nepal is going to go. Socialism or Boureois dictatorship.

    The seat of Prime Minister in Nepal gives whoever is holding it control over the army (although obviously there is more involved than just the position of P.M. here). But none-the-less it would give the CPN(M) a commanding position over the decision making process in relation to the command structure, whether the civilian population gets militarized, and many other important things etc etc. Which is why the Maoists cannot give it up, and the UML and NC are going to fight as hard as they can for it.

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