-  Saturday 15 August 2020

    Nepal's Rebel Leader Resists Party Pressure to Quit Government

     -  Bloomberg

    Aug 08 2007 - Nepal's rebel leader, who ended a decade-long insurgency and joined the Himalayan kingdom's government, dismissed calls by party members to leave the Cabinet and stage a people's revolt.

    The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) can achieve more by remaining in the government and must prepare for elections scheduled in November, Puspa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda, told cadres yesterday in the capital, Kathmandu, Nepalnews.com reported.

    ``The struggle is on from both the government and the parliament,'' said the Maoist chairman, whose rebels fought to overthrow the monarchy and establish a communist republic.

    Prachanda's announcement is a boost for the government, which is under pressure from the United Nations to bolster security before elections for a National Assembly that will decide the fate of the monarchy at its first meeting.

    Maoist cadres meeting in Kathmandu this week criticized Prachanda's cooperation with ``anti-communist'' parties in the interim government, Nepalnews.com reported.

    Laxman Tharu, the leader of a breakaway faction called the United Rebels Front, accused the party leadership of abandoning the revolution and threatened ``people's action'' unless they leave the government within a month, according to the report.

    The rebels, who follow the ideology of China's former leader Mao Zedong, signed a peace accord in November 2006, ending a civil war that killed more than 13,000 people and stifled Nepal's tourism-dependent economy.

    Rebel Army

    Under the peace accord, the party joined the interim government to prepare for elections and returned 30,000 members of its People's Liberation Army to camps.

    Representatives of the rebel army this week complained to Prachanda about living conditions in the cantonments and also demanded the party quit the government, Nepalnews.com said.

    The U.S. continues to list the Maoist party as a terrorist organization and questions its commitment to the peace process in the nation of 28 million people.

    Located between India and China, Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, where about 40 percent of the population live below the poverty line.

    The country is home to Mount Everest, the world's tallest peak, which attracts climbers from around the globe.

    Source : Bloomberg
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