Nepal alliance makes cabinet bid

Parties unite and stake claim to form government after collapse of Maoist cabinet.

    Prachanda resigned after the president blocked 
    his decision to sack the army chief [AFP]

    Political turmoil

    The Maoists won 40 per cent of the seats in parliament in landmark elections last year but the sudden resignation of the prime minister on May 4 left other parties struggling to form a viable coalition to run the country.

    Prachanda, the former Maoist prime minister, resigned in protest after the president sought to block a bid by his government to sack the country's army chief.

    Prachanda wanted to sack General Rookmangud Katawal after he failed to integrate 19,000 former Maoist rebel fighters into the national army, a move which would have cemented the peace deal that ended a decade of civil war.

    The army refused, saying the former fighters, who are currently confined to UN-supervised camps, could never become non-partisan soldiers.

    The list of MPs has been submitted to the office of the parliamentary chairman for approval.

    The alliance has named Madhav Kumar Nepal, a veteran communist leader, as its candidate for the post of prime minister.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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