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Maoists end House blockade, Nepal set to form Govt

world Updated: May 22, 2009 18:37 IST

Nepal moved closer to choosing a new government to ease the country's political crisis as the Maoists on Friday ended their over two-week long blockade of the Parliament with an address by caretaker Premier Prachanda, who justified the sacking of the army chief to uphold "civilian supremacy".

Prachanda repeatedly questioned the morality of the political parties who sought to isolate the Maoists, saying that the new government might just be a "puppet".

Describing President Ram Baran Yadav's move to reinstate General Rukmangad Katawal as "unconstitutional and undemocratic", Prachanda said he had fired the army chief to maintain "civilian supremacy" in the country.

Prachanda said a situation had been created where he had to resign as he tried to reframe the relationship with Nepal's neighbouring countries in a new perspective. The Maoist supremo had earlier accused India of interfering in Nepal's internal affairs during the standoff with the army chief.

A situation had arisen that led him to resign from power as his party tried to look into the relations with neighbouring countries with a new angle, Prachanda said, adding that his party wants to maintain good relations with both neighbouring countries, including India and China.