Monday, October 13, 2008

Developments in Nepal

The media has not focused on Nepal as of late, and seeing that the country is at an incredible point in its transformation away from a monarchy, that’s unfortunate. In April of 2008, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) became the largest political group in the country, and claimed 30% of the vote in the nation’s 2008 election, making the group’s rebel leader Prime Minister.

This has not stopped the Maoists from pushing for a “People’s Republic” within Nepal however. Senior Maoists’ leader Mohan Vaidya Kiran Pokharel recently claimed:
“We will accomplish the peoples’ revolution in Nepal through a peoples revolt, finally to achieve the target of Socialism and Communism.”
Opposition parties have expressed concern over the Maoists’ commitment to the nation’s new democratic system. Leading opposition leaders have also said that the Maoist rebels can not be incorporated into Nepal’s military, something the rebels have focused on. Ram Chandra Poudel, vice president of Nepali Congress, said:
“The Maoists are only talking about army integration and not about rehabilitation,” he said pointing at the words ‘integration’ and ‘rehabilitation’ used in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).”
Other politicians have claimed they are under harassment from thugs affiliated with political parties in the Nepalese Assembly.


SnoopyTheGoon said...

Yes, interesting and worrying indeed. We shall see, I hope, a happy end to this.

Roland Dodds said...

The fact that the Maoists decided to lay down their arms and enter the democratic process was a very positive step, and it likely didn’t surprise them when they took such a large portion of the vote last year. I hope that if their electoral prospects dip, they don’t turn to crushing the process.