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Nepal Maoists withdraw indefinite strike: Report

Last Updated: Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 16:01

Kathmandu: Nepal`s Maoists have called off their indefinite strike to shutdown the country in a dispute with the President, amid speculations that the political parties may have made progress to end the deadlock.
The UCPN-Maoist called off its indefinite general strike from January 24 after a top meeting of senior leaders under the chairmanship of its supremo Prachanda.

Even as Maoist vice chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha said the party had decided to withdraw the nationwide shutdown, he underlined that the party will step up the agitation if the row over "civilian supremacy" is not addressed by the ruling coalition.

The decision fuelled speculations that the high-level political mechanism (HLPM) to end the deadlock may have made some progress in satisfying the Maoists demand, media reports said.

The political parties are deadlocked over the Maoists` demand to rectify the decision of President Ram Baran Yadav, who reinstated General Rukmangad Katawal, the then Army Chief dismissed by Maoists Prime Minister Prachanda in May last year.

Nepali Congress and CPN-UML leaders asked the Maoists to call off the agitation to paralyse the country, expressing their readiness to resolve the deadlock through dialogue, the report said. The mechanism also passed its terms of reference (ToR) prepared by the three-party committee.

Political tensions have been high in Nepal since a government led by the Maoist resigned last year amid a dispute with the President over the Army Chief`s refusal to incorporate former Maoist rebel fighters into the military.


First Published: Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 16:01

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