A Small Revolt Within The Biggest Party of Nepal

Maoists burn down Chairman Pranchanda’s effigy in Rautahat: CPN-Maoist activists of Rautahat district today burnt down the effigy of party Chairman Prachanda and demanded for his resignation in protests of the inclusion of no nominees from the district by the party leadership in the closed list for proportional representation system. This is the first incident of open protests against Maoist Chairman Prachanda by activist from his own party. Continue reading A Small Revolt Within The Biggest Party of Nepal

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Prime Minister's Tea Party and Other Political Updates

Organizing a tea party today in his official residence in Baluwatar the Prime Minister told the invitees (top political leaders of most of the parties) that a constitution that represented the aspiration of all Nepali people needed to be drafted by the constituent assembly.

Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala announced today that he has started dialogue with all the political parties within the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) and other newly emerged Terai-based parties for smooth proceedings of the Constituent Assembly which is set to convene within a fortnight. He asked other parties to go ahead with the consultation process to lead the political process to a logical conclusion. He stressed that the all the political parties must decide on how to go jointly in the upcoming days like before. The PM had invited all 25 political parties represented in the CA to the tea party, but leaders of Terai Madhesh Loktantrik Party, Janashakti Party and Rastriya Prajatantra Party didn’t show up. Continue reading Prime Minister's Tea Party and Other Political Updates

UNMIN, Preparing to Say Bye Bye Nepal, Establishes End-of-Mission Task Force

With 74 days remaining for its mandate to expire the United Nations Mission to Nepal (UNMIN) has started preparations to move out of Nepal. UNMIN chief Ian Martin wrote a letter on Thursday 8th May to his staffs at the agency telling them that “It is now necessary to plan towards the end of the mission, and I have established an End-of-Mission Task Force to undertake this planning.” This comes at a time when the Maoist party, almost certain to lead the next government has repeatedly said that UNMIN is not needed after this term is over. Indian are also expressing against the presence of UNMIN. At the end of the memo, Martin adds: “Once the Constituent Assembly has been convened and a new government is in office, I will discuss with the government and report to the Secretary-General regarding any request it may make for UN support that cannot be provided by the UN Country Team.” Below is the full text of the letter provided to UWB by a senior UMNIN staff: Continue reading UNMIN, Preparing to Say Bye Bye Nepal, Establishes End-of-Mission Task Force