Saturday, August 9, 2008

Prachanda says Maoist Government to be formed in a week

A day after the four-party talks for a unity government hit a snag, Maoist chairman Prachanda' has claimed there will be a government under Maoist leadership within a week.

Speaking at a programme in Kathmandu Saturday, Prachanda said his party would work towards forming the government within a week even as the talks between the big parties for a consensus government had failed.

He didn't, however, explain if this party had enough support from parties - minus Nepali Congress that refused, during yesterday's talks, to give up claim for defense portfolio - for a majority government.

The Maoist chief also claimed conspiracies were being hatched to bar the Maoists from leading the next government.

He said development programmes, socio-economic transformation, and bringing the peace process to a logical conclusion would be the main focus of the future Maoist-led government.

Meanwhile, with the Maoists failing to form a consensus government within the additional three-day deadline, President Dr Ram Baran Yadav is set to ask the Constituent Assembly to elect the Prime Minister.

Reports said the President is expected to make a written call to the CA on Sunday.

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