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  • Nepal's Prime Minister grapples with damaging video tape

    05/06/2009 6:46:54 AM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 3 replies · 416+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 6 May 2009 | The Times of India
    KATHMANDU: Battling for the removal of the controversial army chief, Gen Rookmangud Katawal, and his defender, President Ram Baran Yadav, Nepal's Maoist party walked into an ambush when an embarrassing video tape showed Maoist Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda boasting his guerrilla troops' number had been five-fold inflated during a UN count. In the same video, aired by Nepal's gleeful public television stations on Tuesday night, he was also shown as making scathing remarks about "reactionary" India and the US, saying that if they scented the constituent assembly election would lead to a Maoist victory, they would never allow...
  • India treads fine line in Nepal's political crisis

    05/07/2009 4:54:48 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 272+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 7, 2009 | Krittivas Mukherjee
    India is walking a diplomatic tightrope as Nepal tries to form a new government, aware that excessive meddling in its traditional "backyard" could risk pushing the fragile Himalayan democracy closer to China. India has always seen Nepal as part of its strategic sphere of influence, but that has been challenged in the past year since the election of Maoist Prime Minister Prachanda, who before he resigned last week had edged closer to Beijing. Former guerrilla leader Prachanda quit on Monday after his dismissal of the army chief was blocked, sparking a political crisis and dealing a blow to Nepal's peace...
  • Nepal government collapses after attempt to sack military chief - Maoist government has collapsed

    05/03/2009 2:08:59 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies · 718+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | May 3, 2009 | Thomas Bell
    The Maoist government of Nepal has collapsed after a failed attempt to remove the country's right-wing army chief. The cabinet bid to sack Gen Rookmangud Katawal prompted the second largest party, the centrist UML, to resign from the ruling coalition. The Himalayan country is emerging from a 10 year civil war which ended with a ceasefire in 2006. Last year the former Maoist rebels won national elections and formed a coalition government. But the peace process is now stuck on the issue that sparked the latest crisis – the integration of former Maoist fighters into the traditionally conservative national army....