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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2553

Nepal government revokes previous government’s decision to dismiss army chief

Kosh R Koirala – Reporting from Nepal

[caption id="attachment_737" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Nepal army chief Rookmangud Katawal"]Nepal army chief Rookmangud Katawal[/caption]

Kathmandu, 19 June , (Asiantribune.com):

Nepal government on Thursday overturned the decision of erstwhile government led by Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to sack army chief Rookmangud Katawal.A cabinet meeting of the newly-formed government held in Singh Durbar took a decision to this effect.

The Maoist government on May 3 had decided to relieve army chief Katawal from the service before he would get retirement and appointed his second in command Kul Bahadur Khadka as acting chief of Nepal Army.

However, President Dr Ram Baran Yadav blocked the government move the same day, putting moral pressure on the then Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to step down from the government on the next day. President Dr Yadav took the decision as per the request made by 18 of 24 political parties representing in Constituent Assembly (CA) in the country.

According to government spokesperson Shankar Pokharel, the cabinet meeting also annulled the then government’s decision to appoint General Khadka as acting chief of army. General Khadka will retire on Sunday, according to Defense Minister Bidya Bhandari.

Dahal’s cabinet on May 4 had made a decision to ask President Dr Yadav to revoke his decision to sack army chief, terming the move ‘unconstitutional.’

Thursday’s cabinet meeting also took a decision to revoke the decision, arguing that the president's move was ‘constitutional.’

Political analysts say the cabinet decision of the new government is likely to further worsen the relationship between Maoist and other political parties in the country. The Maoists have been launching street protests against President Dr Yadav right since the day they stepped down from the government last month.

- Asian Tribune -

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