CPI (M) urges Nepal to find a democratic solution

May 4th, 2009 - 7:53 pm ICT by ANI  

Kolkata, May. 4 (ANI): The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has urged Nepal to find a democratic solution of the current political turmoil.

“We do not want to interfere in their internal affairs. We should not and do not. India as a country should…it has not so far and it should not but let them sit together and have a solution within democratic framework,” CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury said.

A political crisis emerged in Nepal on Monday after Prime Minister Prachanda announced his resignation.

Prachanda’s resignation follows his efforts to sack the army chief which was opposed by the president of the country.Earlier, UML, a key ally of Nepal’s ruling Maoists protested against government’s decision to sack the army chief, and withdrew its support.

Nepal Government sacked Rookmangud Katawal, accusing him of disobeying instructions not to hire new recruits and refusing to accept the supremacy of the civilian government over the army.

Opposition parties claim that the former rebels, who joined the political mainstream under a 2006 peace deal, want to control the armed forces. Government allies say they are angry because the decision was taken unilaterally.

The UML’s withdrawal of support leaves the Maoists with a slender majority in a 601-member parliament.

The developments have plunged the impoverished Himalayan nation into crisis, as the withdrawal of any more allies would leave the Maoist-led government in a minority and force a parliamentary vote.

Nepal does not have a history of military coups, but the move could wreck a 2006 peace pact that ended a decade-long civil war that pitted the army against the Maoists. (ANI)

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