-  Sunday 20 September 2020

    Nepal Maoists plan protests to push for king's exit

     -  AFP

    Aug 25 2007  - Nepal's Maoist leader said Friday the former rebels planned to launch protests next month to push for the immediate ouster of King Gyanendra before crucial polls set for November.

    The former guerrillas, now in government after signing a landmark peace deal last year with mainstream political parties, had agreed to wait until after the polls that will decide whether the country becomes a republic.

    But Maoist leader Prachanda said they now want Gyanendra to go right away.

    "To push for a republic, it's imperative to launch protests from inside government, in parliament and on the streets," Prachanda told business leaders, human rights activists and journalists at a meeting organised by the party.

    Nepal is due to go to the polls to vote for a body that will rewrite the country's constitution and decide on the fate of the 238-year-old monarchy.

    Parliament was suspended for two months on Friday to allow members to begin campaigning for the constituent assembly elections.

    "Monarchist and regressive forces are still active in conspiring against the constituent assembly election," said Prachanda.

    He said the protests by the fiercely republican Maoists would be peaceful.

    Source : AFP
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