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Tensions rise over power sharing agreement

Posted by n3wday on June 19, 2008

These two articles first appeared on Nepal News and follow the growing tensions between the CPN(M) and the Nepali Congress / UML over the key questions of who holds the seats of Prime Minister and President, and on the integration of the PLA and NA.

No breakthrough in three-party talks

The meeting of the three major parties – CPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN (UML) – held in Baluwatar Tuesday evening has ended inconclusively.

According to Maoist leader Mohan Baidya ‘Kiran’, power sharing, selection of the president and army integration were the main sticking points in today’s discussion, which the leaders had earlier claimed would be decisive. He said the CPN (M) reiterated its stance on those issues while NC leaders refused to soften their position vis-à-vis their seven ‘preconditions’ [for alliance with the Maoists].

The three parties have agreed to again meet in Baluwatar at 8:00 am tomorrow, ahead of the meeting of the Constituent Assembly (CA).

Baidya said his party would wait until tomorrow’s meeting before deciding whether to quit the government.

Prime Minister and NC president Girija Prasad Koirala, Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and UML general secretary Jhal Nath Khanal participated in the meeting. Other participants included senior Maoist leaders Dr Baburam Bhattarai, Mohan Baidya and Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’, UML’s Amrit Kumar Bohara and NC leaders Ram Chandra Poudel and Krishna Situala.

A meeting of the Maoist Central Secretariat this morning had decided to quit the government if today’s meeting failed to arrive at an agreement. “If the meeting fails Maoist ministers would forward their joint resignation letter to the Prime Minister today itself,” Maoist leader Post Bahadur Bogati ‘Diwakar’ said.

All seven ministers from the Maoist party had submitted their resignation to party chairman Prachanda on Thursday, saying their move was intended to pave the way for formation of a new government. nepalnews.com mk June 17 08

Maoists to be rigid on their stance; no to Koirala as president

In the eyeball to eyeball political situation between the Maoists and Nepali Congress (NC), the Maoists have decided they won’t be the one to blink first.

The meeting of the central secretariat of the Maoists, Tuesday morning, authorised the party leadership not to back down from their currently-held positions on disputed issues like the choice of president; power-sharing; army integration and so on.

“We have become flexible to the maximum. Now it is the turn of Nepali Congress to show flexibility,” said senior Maoist leader Mohan Baidya Kiran.

He said that the party has also decided not to support the calls to make prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala as the president. The party will, instead, back Ramraja Prasad Singh for the position.

The central secretariat also decided that the party’s ministers should resign from their positions if no understanding is reached by Tuesday evening.

A crucial meeting of top leaders of the three parties – Maoists, NC and UML – is going to take place in the afternoon in an attempt to reach the eleventh hour understanding. Earlier the parties had promised to end the deadlock before Wednesday when the fourth meeting of Constituent Assembly (CA) is taking place. nepalnews.com sd Jun 17 08

3 Responses to “Tensions rise over power sharing agreement”

  1. JJM+ said

    Wow, this is unexpected, at least for me.

    I wonder what would occur if they did quit. Would they attempt to form another parliament? Would they mobilize the masses? Would they return to the countryside to wage guerrilla war and strengthen the people’s governments there?

    Interesting…

  2. N3wDay said

    Yeah, apparently 5 heads of state turned in their resignations to Prachanda, and the press took that as the Maoists pulling out, however that wasn’t the case. It turns out that he has not turned the resignations in yet (as this article points out) but is waiting.

    They have just reached an informal agreement over how to integrate the army, but have not yet in relation to who will be president (I believe they decided Prachanda will be PM).

    The Maoists are saying publicly that if they pull out it will only be temporary, sort like a really aggressive threat. However, if they pull out and the other party’s refuse to meet their minimum demands…

  3. Mike E said

    JJM:

    Obviously the implied alternatives are to mobilize the masses outside the government, and also to take up the armed war again. all of which they have repeatedly told the masses to prepare for.

    They have said (in various places) that it is unlikely they will return to specifically GUERRILLA warfare — i.e. to return to the tactics appropriate for the strategic DEFENSIVE. I imagine that the form of armed struggle they would consider is insurrection (in their discussions of their forms of “fusion” in armed struggle they said that unlike Mao, they started with insurrection and moved to protracted peoples war. It is possible they would end with an insurrection.

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