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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2525

Violence rise in Nepal ahead of the Election

By Leel Pathirana - Asian Tribune

Katmandu, 10 April, (Asiantribune.com): When the long awaited election of Nepal, believed to be an end- of an- era of the Royal Family of the Himalayan kingdom, scheduled for today - 10th April, and election related violence has erupted in several district. Former US President Jimmy Carter, his wife Rosalynn, former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Dr. Surakita and PM Girija Prasad Koirala after a meeting at the PM ‘s official residence in Baluwatar, on Tuesday.Former US President Jimmy Carter, his wife Rosalynn, former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Dr. Surakita and PM Girija Prasad Koirala after a meeting at the PM ‘s official residence in Baluwatar, on Tuesday.

It is reported on Monday, the last day of campaigning, two bombs exploded in two key cities wounding at least 13 people. In another incident, motorcyclist threw a bomb near the site of an election rally in Katmandu.

The protesters were defying a curfew imposed in the area following the killing on Tuesday. The slain candidate, Rishi Prasad Sharma, was a candidate of the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist), a political party that rivals the Maoists.

Police have not yet identified who is behind the killing. The same day in another incident, six former rebels were killed in clashes with police in the southwestern town of Satbaria after the ex-rebels tried to attack a former minister, police said.

This election is historical and a landmark of the countries authoritative administration under the Monarchy. The polls are meant to cement a peace deal with former communist rebels and elect a so-called Constituent Assembly to rewrite the country's constitution and abolish the Monarchy.

The Maoist Leader, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, known as Prachanda addressing many election rallies in different parts of Nepal warned that, if the government tried to make Maoist looses the election; they will then take up arms again, to challenge the Monarchy. Maoists, who fought a decade-long rebellion that left some 13,000 people dead.

Former US president Mr. Jimmy Carter arrived few days ago to observe the polling in the country and he met Nepalese Chief Election Commissioner in Katmandu.

- Asian Tribune -

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