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Civic body to launch drive for republic in Nepal

india Updated: Aug 16, 2006 17:23 IST
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With an aim to push the Government for early establishment of a democratic republic by forming a Constituent Assembly in the country, the Civil Movement for Democracy and Social Transformation (CMDST) has announced the launch a civic movement in different parts of the country from Thursday.

The 15-day movement aims to exert pressure for the protection of the achievements of the recent movement for democracy and push the country ahead.

The CMDST comprises over 36 civil society federations and networks. It will hold the first phase of its programme in Biratnagar, Nepalgunj, Dhangadi, Pokhara and Hetaunda.

"We are holding programmes outside Kathmandu seeking the participation of civilians in our movement," Nepalnews quoted Arjun Karki, president of the NGO Federation, as saying.

"Programmes will also be held in Kathmandu later," he said.

According to organisation sources, through the programmes, the CMDST aims to advocate social transformation and the rights of civilians over natural resources.

Karki said that the arms management alone was not enough in favour of the county's fate, "The focus should be on ending the politics of arms".