Prachanda agrees to lift Maoists' blockade of Parliament
Nepal's weeks-long political crisis today appeared close to being resolved with caretaker Premier and Maoist chief Prachanda agreeing to end the blockade of Parliament, paving the way for the CPN-UML-led 22-party alliance to form a new coalition government.
The formation of the CPN-UML-led government had been delayed as the Maoists blocked Parliament for over two weeks on the issue of President Ram Baran Yadav reinstating army chief Gen Rukmangad Katawal who was sacked by Prachanda.
Prachanda, who resigned as Prime Minister early this month in the wake of differences with the President, has agreed to end the blockade of Parliament and issue a statement in the House on reinstatement of the army chief, CPN-UML leader Shanker Pokharel said.
However, the Parliament session was yet to resume as the Maoists and other parties needed some more time for negotiations to resolve the political stand off, party sources said.
CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, the Nepali Congress-backed Prime Ministerial candidate of the 22-party alliance, claims that he has support from over 350 members of the 601-strong Constituent Assembly to head a new government.