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Koirala dismisses Maoist demand

Nepal's intricate political theatre turns more complex with the PM rejecting Maoists' demand to announce the country as a republic from the parliament.

world Updated: Nov 04, 2007 00:53 IST
Anirban Roy
Anirban Roy
Hindustan Times
Hindustantimes
         

Nepal's intricate political theatre on Saturday turned more complex when Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala rejected Maoists' demand to announce the country as a republic from the parliament.

In a knee-jerk reaction to the Maoists' threat to launch a massive country-wide protest, Koirala rejected the Maoist demand for republic and said it was against the existing constitutional provisions in Nepal.

The Maoists have been demanding that Nepal be declared a republic before the Constituent Assembly election, and has also been asking for a fully proportional electoral system.

The Maoist leaders, including Chairman Prachanda, believed that a fully-proportional electoral system would brighten their prospects in the proposed Constituent Assembly election.

First Published: Nov 04, 2007 00:46 IST

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