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Nepal's former communist rebels set to rejoin government

Nepal's former communist rebels set to rejoin government

Nepal's former rebels said Sunday they were set to rejoin the government, possibly ending the Himalayan nation's political crisis following their walkout three month earlier.
The former rebels, widely known as Maoists, said they have given the names of seven members of their political party to the prime minister to be included in the government.
Hisila Yami, a senior Maoist official, said they plan to have five Cabinet ministers and two junior ministers in the government.
"We are waiting for formal announcement to be made by the Prime Minister's Office," Yami told The Associated Press, but added that he expected the announcement was likely to made later Sunday.
Peace Minister Ram Chandra Poduel said the Cabinet was meeting Sunday to make the decision.
The ex-rebels decided to rejoin the government after the seven main political parties agreed last week to abolish the country's monarchy immediately after elections scheduled for April. The decision was endorsed by parliament on Friday and amendments made in the interim constitution to include the Maoist ministers.
The Maoists withdrew from the government on September 18 demanding the immediate removal of the king and electoral reforms, plunging Nepal into a political crisis and forcing the government to postpone elections initially scheduled for November.
Parliament voted Friday in favor of abolishing the centuries-old monarchy and turning Nepal into a republic. The vote ensured the king will be removed immediately after April's elections for a constituent assembly, which will be charged with rewriting Nepal's constitution.
The communist rebels gave up their decade-long armed revolt last year and joined the peace process, after more than 13,000 people died in the fighting.


Updated : 2021-04-23 07:20 GMT+08:00