- Category: South Asia Revolution
- Created on Thursday, 01 July 2010 07:10
- Written by UPI
Maoists in the Himalayan republic of Nepal made a pitch Thursday to return to power -- a day after the resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal,
The Maoists, led by former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, sought to form the next national unity government by talking with other political parties.
A Maoist spokesman said his group believes it should lead the next government because it is the largest party in the Constituent Assembly, Nepalnews.com reported.
The spokesman announced the formation of a three-member panel headed by Dahal to hold talks with other parties.
Nepal resigned as leader of a 13-month old coalition government of 22 parties following widespread protests by the Maoists, demanding his resignation. He came to power after the Maoist-led government resigned.
Nepal said in a television address to the nation he hoped his decision to leave would resolve the country's political deadlock. Prior to his decision, he had vowed to stay on until his government had completed a new constitution.
A new constitution is required under the peace process, which helped end a decade-long Maoist-led rebellion in 2006. Later, in elections in 2008, the Maoists led by Dahal formed a coalition government after winning the largest number of seats. But the Dahal government quit last year over the issue of integrating about 20,000 former rebels into the Nepalese army.
As the political crisis continues in the country, the deadline for completing the new constitution has been extended from May into next year.