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Former Maoist rebels agree to rejoin Nepal's government

Former Maoist rebels agree to rejoin Nepal's government

Nepal's former communist rebels said yesterday they were set to rejoin the government in a move that would end the Himalayan nation's political crisis three months after the ex-guerrillas walked out of a ruling coalition.
The former rebels, widely known as the Maoists, said they decided to rejoin the coalition after the country's seven main political parties agreed last week to abolish the country's monarchy immediately after elections scheduled for April.
The Maoists had withdrawn from the government September 18 over their demands for electoral reform and the immediate removal of the king, plunging Nepal into a political crisis and forcing the government to postpone elections initially scheduled for November.
Maoist official Hisila Yami said the group had forwarded the names of seven party members to be included in a new interim government, saying that five of them would be Cabinet members and two of them junior ministers.
"We are waiting for formal announcement to be made by the Prime Minister's Office," Yami told The Associated Press, adding that he expected the announcement later yesterday.
Peace Minister Ram Chandra Poduel said the Cabinet was meeting yesterday to decide on the matter.
The decision to abolish the centuries-old monarchy and turn Nepal into a republic was endorsed by Parliament on Friday, along with amendments to the interim constitution that ensure that the Maoists are included in the Cabinet.
The current monarch, King Birendra, seized absolute control over the country in 2005 but was forced to relinquish most of his powers following widespread protests in April 2006. The king is to be removed immediately after April 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 a peace process with the government, after more than 13,000 people died in the fighting.


Updated : 2021-02-28 23:47 GMT+08:00