» 05/06/2010, 00.00
Civil war looming over Nepal as UN urges govt to find a solution
Maoist general strike is paralysing the entire country, forcing people to stay shut in their homes. First protests against the strike are being reported in some areas of the country. The crisis has led food prices to increase sky high; schools, factories and offices are closed. Government supporters fire on demonstrations, wounding a few people.
Maoists threaten an all-out protest as private schools are closed
Former Maoist PM Prachanda wants peace process to end with incorporation of Maoist fighters into the armed forces. The government could fall. Maoist student association shuts down private schools that increased tuition fees. More than 100,000 students are unable to go to school. Maoists like religious schools but Catholic schools are still closed.
Military coup in Bangkok: after prolonged stalemate, the army takes over government and reforms
In a nationwide televised address Armed Forces chief Gen. Prayuth Chan- ocha , states that the army has taken control of the country and suspended the Constitution. Fate of some protest leaders, taken by the soldiers unknown. Curfew imposed. AsiaNews sources speak of coup as foregone conclusion that will allow some breathing space “but problems remain unresolved".
A sixth demonstrator dies as unrest continues and people start to go hungry
Police arrest 250 teachers who joined anti-monarchy protest. Strike is in its 14th day and is causing price hikes in basic necessities like food and cooking gas. Many Nepalese, especially in the mountains, are starting to go hungry.
After a seven-month standoff, Nepal has a new prime minister
Jhala Nath Kanal, from the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist, was elected after 17 rounds of voting, the first in June 2010. After Maoist leader Prachanda pulled out of the race, Maoist support was crucial for Kanal’s victory. The new government wants to conclude the peace process and provide equality for all religious minorities.
PM election fails as Maoists call for a government of national “consensus”
Parliament fails to elect a new prime minister for the eighth time. Nepali Congress party leader was the only candidate on the ballot. Hindu extremists call for the restoration of the monarchy.
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