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Nepal: Launching a New Phase of Struggle

Posted by n3wday on August 9, 2009

ucpn_flag_fist_nepal_demonstration_protest_civilian_supremacyThis article was published on eKantipur.com.

Maoist deadline set to end, warning sign ahead; 22 parties firm

Kantipur Report

KATHMANDU, Aug 6 – With the deadline set by the UCPN (Maoist) to address the issue of ‘civilian supremacy’ ends Thursday evening, there is a warning sign in the road ahead for the already-troubled UML-led government.

The political crisis is likely to deepen and eclipse the major tasks of drafting a new constitution and taking the beleaguered peace process to a logical end as the major political parties remained adamant on their respective stances.

Earlier, the main opposition party UCPN (Maoist), who quit the government in May following a row over reinstating the Chief of Army Staff (CoAS), had warned to storm from the parliament and the streets from Friday if their demand for civilian supremacy over military was not addressed by this evening.

The UML-led alliance and the Maoists reached an understanding on July 4 to address the issues of civilian supremacy and the role President Dr Ram Baran Yadav in reinstating Army Chief Rookmangud Katawal by this evening.

Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal resigned in May after President Dr Ram Baran Yadav reinstated the army chief, who was sacked by him.

The Maoists have described Dr Yadav’s move as unconstitutional and have demanded that the issue be debated in parliament.

The parties could not forge an agreement over the issue until this evening despite hectic parleys among the political parties throughout the day.

Maoist leader Narayan Kazi Shrestha discussed the issue with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal and urged the duo to create an environment for discussing the issue in the Legislature-Parliament.

PM Nepal, in response, said he was in favor of solving the issue through consensus adding that the Maoist demand of discussing the issue in the Parliament, however, could not be entertained.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the 22-parties supporting the UML-led coalition is underway at the PM’s official residence in Baluwatar in order to forge consensus on the Maoists’ demand.

The Maoists are all set to commence their earlier announced two-pronged struggle programmes from tomorrow.

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