Sunday, October 7, 2007

Ruling coalition partners call for Nepal PM's resignation

Ruling coalition partners call for Nepal PM's resignation
The Associated Press
Sunday, October 7, 2007

KATMANDU, Nepal: Members from a major party in Nepal's ruling coalition are calling on the prime minister to step down, blaming him for failing to resolve a political crisis that led to the postponement of a crucial election.
Members of the Communist Party of Nepal United Marxist-Lenninist — the second-largest party in the six-party coalition — demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala so a new government could be formed, senior party leader Pradeep Gyawali said Sunday.
The call by members from a major partner in the government puts pressure on the prime minister, who assumed power last year after weeks of pro-democracy protests forced King Gyanendra to give up his authoritarian rule.
The ruling parties and former communist rebels agreed Friday to postpone the election for a special assembly, which will rewrite the constitution and decide Nepal's future political system. It was scheduled for Nov. 22.
A new date has not been set for the vote.
The former rebels, known as Maoists, withdrew from the government last month demanding the immediate abolition of the monarchy and procedural changes in elections. The parties have failed to reach an agreement on the Maoists' demands despite talks over the past few days.
The Maoists, who fought a decade-long armed insurgency to abolish the monarchy, signed a peace agreement in 2006 and joined the government earlier this year. More than 13,000 people were killed in the fighting.
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/10/07/asia/AS-POL-Nepal-Politics.php

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