Nepal opposition begin strike to overthrow government
The leader of the Maoist party, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, call for a nationwide strike in an effort to force the ruling government to step down.
The strike has entered its second day, after Nepal’s Prime Minister, Madhav Kumar Nepal refused demands of the Maoists to resign last night. After his refusal, a strike was immediately called.
There are thousands of protesters in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, and most businesses across the country have closed for the strike. Emergency vehicles are the only traffic allowed to move in the streets.
Protesters say they are peaceful, although police claim to have confiscated weapons and explosives. Although so far no violence has broken out, and the mood in the streets is described as festive, the government has deployed additional police in the capital, and security forces are on high alert.
The Maoists say that the ruling government is not supported by Nepal’s citizens, as hat has been unable to draft a constitution for the country or made any effort to continue the peace process in the country. The Maoists, which have a majority in Nepal’s parliament, are advocating to lead a national government.
The Constituent Assembly elected Prachanda as a Prime Minister of Nepal on 15 August 2008. He was sworn in as Prime Minister on 18 August 2008. Prachanda resigned from the post on 4 May 2009 after his move to sack General Rookmangud Katawal, the army chief, was opposed by President Ram Baran Yadav. He remained in office until 23 May 2009, when his successor was elected.