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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

Maoists warn of fresh street protests

Koshit Koirala - Reporting from Nepal

Kathmandu, 03 August, ( Chairman of Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) 'Chairman' Pushpa Kamal Dahal has warned of mass protests both in the streets and in the legislature-parliament if the ruling parties failed to address the issue of ‘civilian supremacy’ as their one-month deadline expires after four days.

"We had given a month-long ultimatum and only four days are left now. If the ruling parties fail to come forward for consensus, we will launch the third People´s Movement," said Dahal. He was speaking at a news conference organized on Sunday after the conclusion of the party’s three-week long Central Committee (CC) meeting.

The Maoists have claimed that president Ram Baran Yadav´s move to reinstate Chief of Army Staff Rookmangud Katawal on May 3 was against the spirit of the interim constitution and should be debated in the legislature parliament. Dahal stepped down from the government on May 4, protesting the president’s ‘unconstitutional’ move.

The Maoists have been demanding that the president move should be corrected to ensure ‘civilian supremacy.’

Chairman Dahal pointed out the need for another mass movement if the ruling political parties failed to address the Maoist´s demands.

The leader of former rebel party, however, said that their mass movement would be largely peaceful. "We don´t want to go back to jungle as the regressive forces have wished for long," he said.

The Maoist central committee meeting decided to hit the streets for the sake of "civilian supremacy, a Maoist-led national unity government, national independence, a new constitution and the peace process, he further said.

The CC meeting also passed a 15-point code of conduct for the party leaders.

According to the party’s vice president Dr Babu Ram Bhattarai, the central committee members will not be allowed to use four wheelers, leaving this exception to politburo members of the party. The CC members can only use motorbikes.

The code also states that all the CC members should contribute their labor once a month and politburo members once every two months and that they cannot associate themselves with any NGOs and INGOs. As per the code, all the CC members require to be professional revolutionaries.

- Asian Tribune -

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