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Maoists to rejoin Nepal Govt

world Updated: Dec 24, 2007 01:58 IST
Anirban Roy

Nepal’s Maoists on Sunday finally decided to re-join the government led by Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala. The leaders of the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) on Sunday signed an agreement to bring an end to the two-month-long political crisis in Nepal.

“The Maoists are finally rejoining the government,” Arjun Narshing KC, senior leader and spokesperson of the Nepali Congress told Hindustan Times, adding that the agreement will usher in an era of political stability in Nepal.

Maoist ministers had resigned from the interim government on September 18 in protest against Koirala’s lukewarm response to their demands for declaring Nepal as a “republic” and a fully proportional electoral system for the Constituent Assembly election.

The political leaders claimed that the cabinet also endorsed the agreement which was signed by the SPA, and would soon be made public. The agreement said that Nepal would be declared as republic, and the decision would be endorsed by the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly.