Nepal Maoists delay key meeting amid Prachanda`s China visit
Last Updated: Saturday, October 09, 2010, 22:36
Kathmandu: The Maoists in Nepal on Sunday delayed a key party meeting to chalk out a strategy amid a political crisis that has stalled the formation of new government in the country.

The plenum of the Unified CPN (Maoist) has been postponed to November 14 after it was earlier decided to hold it on October 29 in Gorkha district.

The powerful central committee meeting at the party’s office in the capital decided to hold the plenum in Plungtar of Gorkha district on November 14.

It was delayed as Maoists supremo Prachanda is scheduled to visit China in October end. Moreover, the date coincided with Vijaya Dashami and Deepawali, popular festivals when top leadership visit their constituencies outside the capital.

Earlier, the date was moved from October 22 in Chitwan district to October 29 in Gorkha district as Chitawan was struggling to cope with the spread of dengue.

The key meeting today also discussed the political crisis in the country since the June 30 resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, that has stalled Nepal's 2006 peace process and delayed the annual budget.

Nepalese lawmakers earlier this week failed for the eleventh time in a row to elect a new prime minister as the sole candidate R C Poudyal of the Nepali Congress was unable to garner a simple majority in Parliament, prolonging the political uncertainty in the country.

Nepalese parties have been unable to elect a new leader despite a series of votes since June 30, when Nepal stood down under intense pressure from the Maoists.

More than three months after the 22-party coalition led by Nepal collapsed, 11 rounds of polls have so far failed to elect a new prime minister.

Poudyal is the only candidate in the fray following the withdrawal of Prachanda after a deal with the CPN-UML on September 17 in a bid to facilitate the formation of a national consensus government.

55-year-old former prime minister failed to get majority support in Parliament seven times in a row, forcing him to end his bid for the top post.


First Published: Saturday, October 09, 2010, 22:36

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