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Bhattarai: The Question of 2 Armies and Political Settlements

Posted by n3wday on May 27, 2009

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This article was posted on Neil’s Nepal.

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GHANASHYAM OJHA

Dr Baburam Bhattarai, finance minister and senior leader of Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), claims that the new constitution cannot be written without settling the issue of civilian supremacy. He charges President Dr Ram Baran Yadav of transgressing his constitutional right and ‘raping’ the interim constitution. “Until and unless the Nepal Army Chief Rookmangud Katawal is sacked and the president’s unconstitutional move is corrected, Maoists will never cooperate with the new government,” he says.

Ghanashyam Ojha of myrepublica.com caught up with him at his ministerial residence in Lalitpur on Thursday to discuss how the peace process will move ahead amidst his party’s continued protests in the streets as well as the parliament.

Excerpts of the interview:

Myrepublica.com: How do you justify your party’s advocacy for civilian supremacy when there are arguments that the government’s move to sack Katawal was not in line with constitutional norms?

Dr Baburam Bhattarai: First of all, we have to see the government’s move in the backdrop of years of struggle for democracy in Nepal. So far as Constituent Assembly (CA), republic and civilian supremacy are concerned, these issues should have been raised by capitalist parties. But unfortunately, Maoists had to do this.
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