Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Following the Monday night royal proclamation by Nepals King , thousands of people took to the streets marking the “victory” of people’s rights over “autocracy.” The King reinstated the House of Representatives which was dissolved on 22 May 2002.

Rallies were organised in the capital and elsewhere around the country on Tuesday in support of the restoration of the dissolved House of Representatives through the royal proclamation.

In many areas, the pre-scheduled demonstrations were turned into victory rallies while several other spontaneous rallies were taken out to celebrate the re-establishment of people’s power.

The announcement was hailed by the seven parties.

However, Maoist rebels who have been fighting for years were not impressed with the King's announcement. In a statement signed by Maoist supremo Prachanda and Baburam Bhattarai, the Maoists have blamed the seven parties of committing a ‘historic mistake’ of taking a one-way decision to accept the reinstatement of the house.

The party also urged people to continue peaceful demonstrations to compel political parties to go for the election of the constituent assembly, as it is the only way, they say, out of the present political crisis.

The following is from Kantipur Report.

Maoists demand unconditional constituent assembly elections

KATHMANDU, April 25 - Expressing disagreement over Monday’s Royal Proclamation reinstating the dissolved House of Representatives, the Maoists rebels have “completely dismissed” it and demanded unconditional constituent assembly elections.

The rebels have also announced different protest programmes “until an announcement of unconditional constituent assembly election was made.”

Issuing a statement on Tuesday afternoon, Maoist chairman Prachanda a.k.a. Pushpa Kamal Dahal and No. 2 Maoist leader Dr. Baburam Bhattarai have accused the seven parties of committing a “historic mistake” of welcoming the royal proclamation reinstating the dissolved parliament.

“We want to make it clear that the parties which have welcomed and supported the so-called royal proclamation have broken the 12-point understanding and betrayed the feeling of the Nepali people,” the Maoist statement said.

The Maoists have also announced a protest programme that includes nationwide demonstrations and showdowns, people’s action against those involved in suppression of their programmes, and blockade of the district headquarters and the capital until the announcement of unconditional elections to the constituent assembly.

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