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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

No cabinet meeting to discuss threatened dismissal of army chief (BREAKING NEWS)

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 21 April: A scheduled meeting of the cabinet to discuss the threatened dismissal of Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal couldn’t be held after ruling parties opposed the Maoist threat.
Ruling parties CPN-UML and MJF supported the main Nepali Congress in opposing the Maoist threat.
The two largest coalition partners of the Maoists joined the main opposition which gheraoed the parliament forum Tuesday forcing its adjournment.
Before the gherao, Sher Bahadur Deuba charged the Maoist threat was ‘ill-intentioned’.
Leaders of 16 political parties met President Dr Ram Baran Yadav and asked him to use ‘constitutional powers’ to prevent the threatened action.
The parties earlier concluded the Maoist move was objectionable.
Following a Congress emergency central committee meeting, the party decided to come out on the streets against the Maoist threat, central committee member Gobinda Raj Joshi said.
Indian Ambassador Rakesh Sood held discussions with Prime
Minister Prachanda as Communication Minister
Krishna Bahadur Mahara said there were reports foreign governments opposed the Maoist threat.
One report said the Indian foreign ministry in New Delhi discussed developments at an emergency meeting.
Maoists are isolated on the issue.
The army chief submitted a written to Maoist charges not to the defence ministry which requested it but to the council of ministers.
Maoist leaders still attempted to garner support in meetings with top
CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal in the absence of Chairman Jhalanath Khanal who is in China.
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