Maoists want Parliament, present Govt dissolved
Weeks of protests last month against Gyanendra's direct rule forced him to reinstate Parliament and appoint a new prime minister.india Updated: May 24, 2006 18:11 IST
Communist rebels are demanding the dissolution of Nepal's reinstated Parliament and its new government before they will join an interim administration that would hold elections for a constituent assembly, a rebel negotiator said on Wednesday.
"It is part of our roadmap that the present Parliament, Constitution and the government should be dissolved and replaced by an interim government and Constitution," said Dinanath Sharma, part of a three-member rebel negotiating team, which is in Kathmandu for peace talks with the new government.
No date has been set for the talks.
Weeks of protests last month against King Gyanendra's direct rule forced him to reinstate Parliament and appoint a new prime minister.
Although the rebels supported the protests, organised by an alliance of seven major political parties, they have no representation in Parliament.
The rebels have remained underground for the past decade fighting the government, and now control much of the countryside.
"This Parliament does not truly represent everyone and it is not in a position to resolve any problems and issues, that is why it should be immediately dissolved," Sharma said.
He said the rebels planned to join the interim government before elections are held for the constituent assembly that would rewrite the constitution.
"We will join the interim government ... not just us, but all those involved in the recent movement should be in the interim government, including civil society and rights activists," Sharma said.
The new government has matched the rebels' unilateral three-month ceasefire and dropped terrorism charges against the guerrillas.
The rebels, who say they are inspired by Chinese revolutionary Mao Zedong, have been fighting to establish a communist government.