Monday, May 31, 2010

Mohan Baidya Kiran of UCPN Maoist warns of dire crisis if Madhav Kumar Nepal does not go within 72 hours

Kathmandu (AsiaNews) – Relations between the government and Maoists are tense again. Last Friday, the two sides had reached an historic agreement on extending the current provisional constitution.

Today, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) gave Prime Minister Yadav Kumar Nepal an ultimatum, saying that if he did not resign within 72 hours, the party would destabilise the country.

Maoist reaction was caused by the prime minister, who said earlier that he would resign only if the former rebel fighters gave up their weapons and returned the land they had seized.

Senior Maoist leader Mohan Baidya Kiran said that his party agreed to vote for the government decision to extend the term of parliament by one year on Friday night only after the Prime Minister agreed to hand over the power in five days.

“There will be a dire crisis if the prime minister doesn't implement the verbal agreement to resign" within three days, Kiran warned.

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