» 07/21/2012, 00.00
Maoist militants throw chairs at Nepal prime minister
More than 500 former fighters carry out the attack, accusing the party's leadership of corruption and lack of economic transparency. Both the party's chairman and vice chairman are targeted. In an official press release, the party dismisses the incident as a "simple argument," but top leaders remain silent.
Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - More than 500 former Maoist fighters
attacked Communist Party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, his deputy and Prime
Minister Baburam Bhattarai, throwing chairs and other objects after accusing
them of corruption and lack of economic transparency. The attack took place
during the 7th plenum meeting of the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN).
The political leaders involved did not release any
statement about the incident. However, later in the evening, the CPN issued an
official communiqué in which it said that the incident was a "simple argument,"
denying that any physical attack had taken place.
A few days earlier, Saral Sahayatri Poudel, a former
commander in the People's Liberation Army (the Communist party's armed wing), released
a report on the financial status of party leaders and officials after they came
to power in 2006. In it, he called on the party's leadership to be transparent
about their expenses and provide compensation to disabled former fighters.
The party itself has set up two commissions to
investigate internal financial irregularities.
As evidence of the CPN's troubled times, six of seven
division commanders quit, accusing party Chairman Dahal of conspiring to make
some of them the scapegoats for financial irregularities committed by officials
close to him.
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