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Prachanda to head talks



A special meeting of the Central Committee of the CPN-Maoists has accepted Chairman Prachanda's political proposal and stated that he will be leading the talks with the government. A committee will be formed under the coordination of Krishna Bahadur Mahara.

The proposal has addressed issues such as forming a republican front among civil society, various political forces, ethnic and social organisations, and the intelligentsia, requesting the government to work according to the 12 point agreement, unconditional election for a constituent assembly, forming a secular state, right to self determination, self rule based on ethnicity and region, federal state, special rights to suppressed communities and women, revolutionary land reform, independent national economic policy, people focused education system, and creation of employment opportunities within the country.

The meeting has also appointed various central level Maoist leaders to address public forums and proposed a roadmap to hold talks with the government.

Meanwhile CPN UML leader Subash Nembang was unanimously appointed the Speaker of the House of Representatives after his name was proposed for the post by MP Tekbahadur Chokhal from NC-D and supported by Benupraj Prasai from NC, Rajendra Prasad Pandey from UML, and Lilamani Pokhrel from Peoples Front. Nembang was the only candidate to file a nomination for the post.

The government has continued taking action against high level officers who were found to be helping the royal regime suppress the Peoples Movement. Former chief secretary Lok man Singh Karki was handed his suspension letter on Saturday after the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers took the decision on Friday. Former army chief and member of the Upper House Sachit Shamsher Rana and the honorary ADC of the king and president of the World Hindu Federation Bharat Keshari Singh have also been arrested today. The two, considered to be among the king's closest advisors were staunch supporters of his direct rule.



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