Maoists Seek to Form New Government in Nepal


from 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, 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.

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  • Guest - Green Red

    Presuming lines of a party that has shown both courage and patience and labeling it in any ways judgmental might be the good old school but, any school can get old.

    With all due respect of progressive forces who label the Nepal Maoist Party as revisionist, in and of it all, we are living in severely different world. There is no Russia. This is not post war and NAFTA etc. are showing very different outlines.
    Looking at the environmental decay per se. is enough to ring a bell. What if in a less speedy but, more modern times compatible way the Maoists in Nepal for now want to first achieve very basic things the rest of the world has and they don't? What if by practicing a true, very true open democratic exposition of the nature of capitalist parties then nobody can ever claim they were dragged into further establishment of the foundation for socialism? What if after all, breaking down comprador bourgeoisie in a very peculiar geographical position where nothing matches standards of the past needs its own time frame and tactics with their merits that must not be mixed with conditions in say, India or, many, many other places.

    In an essay, i read a comparison made between FMLN of El Salvador and what they have gained after direct US imperialism brutal suppression of their movement (that was totally pro Russia and Cuba?!) with a country that is only pro Nepal, for the Nepalese poor to breath out for a second?

    Somewhere in the past activities of an open minded rare place within the communist movement like Kasama, it was noted that forming a new organization or party without really understanding the problems of the past movements and, social conditions and the key unresolved two elements of this very country makes it not such a great work. It might take an afternoon to write few points and boom....

    Constitution being written in longer period of time through struggles, something that matches the chaotic market of today to have the best merits in providing very basic living means for the people of Nepal might not look as glorious as this or that part of the history, in the past that, for whatever reason "conspiracy", "coup of the enemies", opportunists, death of this or that leader had them ruined in the end.

    As a true materialist, i rather want to look at the living standards of the coming generation. How they gain the better results in contrast with passive, conservative or experts in another land is not what matters to me. Life of the people and, what they need and how they want to gain it, that is what matters.

  • Guest - jaya and RK

    we think that UNCP Maoist led government is necessary in Nepal for the peace process and forming new constitution.

  • Guest - Ka Frank

    Here's a noteworthy article on the recent resignation of the UML prime minister and the secret deal he reached with Prachanda.

    7/5/2010 11:10:00 AM

    Kathmandu, Jul 5 (ANI): Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar struck a secret agreement with Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M) chairman Prachanda on the basic principles of the new constitution and the peace process, before his resignation.

    According to Nepali Congress party’s former lawmaker Amresh Kumar Singh, who has been involved in numerous informal talks with the Maoists since the peace process began, the Nepalese PM resigned three days after he struck a verbal deal with Prachanda on June 27.

    In his interview with after his resignation on June 30, Madhav Kumar Nepal had stated that he talked to Prachanda three days ago, but did not disclose anything about the deal.

    According to Singh, it was agreed that Prachanda would welcome the Prime Minister’s resignation within 30 minutes of its coming and both parties would immediately begin works on peace process and the new democratic constitution. After this, they had agreed to form a Maoist-led national consensus government, Xinhua reports.

    In the secret talks, both leaders had agreed to integrate 5,000 UCPN-M combatants into the national security forces-Nepal Army, Civilian Police and Armed Police Forces-and give a golden handshake with attractive economic packages to the rest.

    Singh said Nepal and Prachanda also agreed to adopt press freedom, independence of the judiciary (not under the direct control of parliament) and competitive multi-party democracy to ensure a democratic constitution.

    Under my own initiatives, it was also agreed that six provinces-four in the hills and two in the Terai-would be created while restructuring the state, Singh added.

    He also revealed that both agreed to complete the process of integration and rehabilitation in four months, within the current tenure of United Nations Mission in Nepal, and promulgate the new constitution before February.

    Singh said there was no fourth person present when the deal was struck at a private house and both Nepal and Prachanda were there without their security guards and official drivers.

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