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Clearly mark Prez, premier's powers, says Prachanda

Maoist chief Prachanda has asked Nepal's government to amend the interim constitution to clearly delineate the rights of the President and the Premier to avoid the recurrence of a confrontation between the two authorities that led to the dissolution of his government.

world Updated: Sep 18, 2009 16:52 IST

Maoist chief Prachanda has asked Nepal's government to amend the interim constitution to clearly delineate the rights of the President and the Premier to avoid the recurrence of a confrontation between the two authorities that led to the dissolution of his government.

Prachanda, who returned to Nepal after concluding his four-day visit to China, told reporters at the Tribhuvan International Airport on Thursday, that strict demarcation was necessary to ensure the President is only the "ceremonial head" and to end the present political deadlock.

Prachanda resigned in May following a confrontation with President Ram Baran Yadav, who refused to endorse government's decision to sack the then Army chief Rukmangal Katawal.

"If the present government amends the constitution clarifying the rights of the President and the Prime Minister and assures us that such thing will not repeat in future, we may consider to call off the agitation," Maoist spokesman Dinanath Sharma said quoting Prachanda.

The Maoists have launched an agitation on the streets and have been blocking the Parliamentary proceedings for months demanding that the "civilian supremacy" be upheld and the steps taken by Yadav that led to the dissolution of the Maoist-led government be rectified.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal said that talks held between Unified CPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML could succeed in resolving the political impasse.

"There is a possibility of ending the deadlock," he told Republica.

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