» 06/16/2006, 00.00
First agreement between government and Maoist leaders
Both sides agree to a timetable for talks that will decide elections to the Constituent Assembly. UN observers will be admitted.
Parliament unanimously approves proposal to hold elections to a new constituent assembly
Newly-appointed PM Koirala's motion is not only approved by seven opposition parties but also by pro-monarchy parties. An historic step but we expected greater openness towards the Maoists, says a social activist.
Maoists add minority representatives to their parliamentary delegation, but no Christian
Dalits, tribals, women and clerics are among the ten MPs Maoists picked from outside their ranks to sit in the interim parliament. But a Christian clergyman points out that by not choosing a Christian the work the Christian community has gone unrecognised.
Maoists confess their crimes on Buddha’s birthday
In Buddha’s birthplace of Kapilvastu, Nepal’s main political parties confess their sins and pledge their commitment to peace. Maoist leader Prachanda is accused however of leading a still violent group.
Nepal likely to be left without Constitution
Some parties are opposed to extending the term of the Constituent Assembly to write the new constitution. The deadline, May 28, threatens to open a crisis, because the validity of the Interim Constitution expires. The position of the Maoists and other parties.
Demonstrations banned in Kathmandu
Just two days before the first sitting of the Constitutional Assembly, which is set to declare the end of the monarchy, authorities ban public gatherings because of “security concerns”.
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