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Nepal's ex-rebels quit government

Nepal's former communist rebels quit the government on Tuesday and threatened widespread protests, sparking a political crisis that threatens to undermine this Himalayan nation's peace process.

Nepal's ex-rebels quit government
Nepal's former communist rebels quit the government on Tuesday and threatened widespread protests, sparking a political crisis that threatens to undermine this Himalayan nation's peace process.

The one-time rebels, known as the Maoists, say they have no plans to renew their armed revolt.

They were planning a mass gathering in central Katmandu later Tuesday where they were expected to detail their plans for protests against the government, which they say has been too slow to declare Nepal a republic and meet their other demands.

The withdrawal from the government was confirmed by senior minister Ram Chandra Poudel, who is a member of the Nepali Congress, the largest party in the administration.

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Last Mod: 18 Eylül 2007, 11:07
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