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Maoists propose military training for every citizen

The Unified CPN-Maoist which waged a decade long insurgency before joining mainstream politics three years ago, now proposes to provide basic military training to all the Nepalese nationals.

world Updated: Mar 26, 2009 15:10 IST

The Unified CPN-Maoist which waged a decade long insurgency before joining mainstream politics three years ago, now proposes to provide basic military training to all the Nepalese nationals.

All Nepalese citizens should be compulsorily provided with military education and basic military training, according to the draft constitution prepared by the ruling Maoists.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Prachanda has claimed that his party has embraced multiparty democracy, rule of law, people's supremacy, fundamental rights and press freedom.

Presenting a concept paper of the future constitution prepared by his party to the Constitutional Committee of the Constituent Assembly on Wednesday, Prachanda said, "we are committed to the principles of multiparty democracy and this is not just our political strategy."

The clarification from the Maoist chief and Prime Minister Prachanda came at a time when other political parties are questioning Maoists' commitment to multiparty democracy.

Although Nepal seems to be an independent and sovereign country, it has been facing semi-colonialism and semi-feudalism since it signed the Sugauli Treaty with the British India government, he pointed out.