Nepal's governing Maoists said Monday that a row over their decision to sack the country's army chief has placed the Himalayan nation's peace process "in peril."
The Maoists' spokesman and minister for information and communications, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, said they had every right to dismiss the head of the army, despite an attempt by the president to reverse the order.
"The president is... violating constitutional norms. The president's move has put the peace process in peril," the minister told AFP.
"The executive power to sack and appoint an acting army chief lies with the government and not the president. We will stick to our decision. We don't have any plans to quit the government."
He said the decision to sack the Himalayan nation's army chief was "necessary to bring the Nepal army under civilian control, to take the peace process to a logical conclusion and to institutionalise democracy."