Maoists' inclusion in cabinet to be finalised
Nepal government and the Maoist leadership are set to finalise key matters relating to the inclusion of the former rebels in the Cabinet on Friday, an official said.
The discussion between Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist chief Prachanda would include determining which ministries the former rebels would get in the new administration and other issues related to the peace process, Tourism Minister Pradeep Gyawali said.
The government has been saying that it would not include the Maoists unless their arms management procedure is complete. The Maoists have already registered their 3,400 weapons and confined their 31,000 'People's Liberation Army' under the UN's monitoring in different cantonments across the country.
In another crucial development, the discussion on the amendment to the interim constitution began in the Parliament today to address the demands of the Madhesi community of the Terai region including declaring Nepal a federal state and increasing their representation in the legislature.
The ruling Seven Party Alliance and the CPN-Maoist have agreed in principle to carry out the amendments to address the demands of the Madhesi community to end the two-month long agitation in the Terai that has claimed at least 20 lives.
The Interim Constitution First Amendment Bill 2007 was tabled in the Parliament on Thursday by Narendra Bikram Nemwang, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs.