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Friday, November 13, 2009

Conflict continues in Nepal and Maoist push for civilian government

The United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has made a push for change civilian control of the military. This is the main reason the UCPNM have pulled out of the parliament, where they had won a large majority of the vote. There is clearly resistance within the military for this change and the right and centre-left parties have only taken advantage of the conflict to try and gain political power in a coalition government for them selves. The following is a manifesto from the UCPNM’s own website and then news reports of today’s news on the present unrest still going on in Nepal.

From the Red Star:

Mass upsurge towards Climax
United National People’s Movement (UNPM), recently formed common platform for the struggle under the leadership of UCPN-Maoist, has declared its programme of struggle allover the country. It has recently published and publicized its manifesto of struggle against all the imposed problems by the anti-people forces and the foreign powers. The ongoing struggle has its inseparable fertile ground for progress and strong relationship of UCPN Maoist with the people with its long historical background.
It has clearly given its focus over the target, form and task of the movement along with the reasonable demands. The demands are categorized: i) as related with peace process; ii) related with nationality; iii) related with people’s power and iv) related with the people\\\'s livelihood. The 45- point demands have been included in the manifesto.
The first meeting of the (UNPM) has formed its 144 member body under the leadership of Vice President of the UCPN-Maoist Dr. Baburam Bhattarai. After the meeting, the mass organizations have declared their phase-wise programmes of the struggle all over the country.


Maoists give Nov 20 deadline for consensus
Unified CPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Friday gave one week deadline to the 22-party the ruling coalition to find solution to current political deadlock.
Addressing a mass meeting at the end of the second-phase stir for restoration of 'civilian supremacy' in the capital Friday afternoon, Dahal said his party will begin third phase of protests if the coalition government failed to address the demands by November 20.He said that Nepali people have given mandate to the Maoist party to conclude the peace process and write new constitution for the country and that his party is committed to fulfill the duties entrusted by the people.

From the Kasama Project:

Street Clashes in Nepal’s Capital

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