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China behind latest political turmoil in Nepal

May 12, 2009

Tibetan Review
May 11, 2009

Despite all indications that he did not have the
consensus within his own coalition government for
his resolve to sack the country’s Chief of Army
Staff Mr Rookmangud Katawal, Nepal’s Maoist Prime
Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda took the
decision anyhow because he had support from the
Chinese government, according to The Times of
India online May 9. China reportedly told
Prachanda to stick to his guns and they would
support him, the report cited sources monitoring
events in Nepal during those crucial days as
saying. In fact, they had offered to train the
PLA cadres who could be integrated into the Nepal army.

Prachanda, 55, sacked Katawal for insubordination
because the latter would not agree to absorb his
19,000-strong rag-tag Maoist troops into the
country’s army. But amid criticisms and protests
over the issue, the sack order was overruled by
President Ram Baran Yadav, a state of affair
which compelled Pranchanda himself to resign on May 4.

As efforts to form a new coalition government
continued, a leaked video shows Prachanda telling
his cadres that their main aim was to capture
army and judicial powers and the signing of a
peace accord with UN mediation was just a strategy to attain these goals.

China has been trying to bring together the
different communist parties in Nepal so that they
could form a government that would be fully
conducive to its dictates. However, while Nepali
Congress, the second largest party in the country
Constituent Assembly, the current parliament, has
indicated willingness to support a new coalition
government led by Madhav Kumar Nepal of the third
largest Communist Party Nepal-Unified Marxist
Leninist (CPN-UML), Pranchanda’s Unified
Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has been
refusing to support it, the report said.
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