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Prachanda resigns over army, president rebuff

Prachanda resigns over army, president rebuff
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First Published: Mon, May 04 2009. 03 29 PM IST
Updated: Mon, May 04 2009. 03 29 PM IST
Kathmandu: Nepal’s Prime Minister Prachanda announced his resignation on Monday after an attempt by his Maoist government to sack the head of the army was blocked by the president.
“I have resigned from the post of prime minister from today for the protection of democracy and peace,” Prachanda said in a televised address to the nation.
Nepal’s Maoist government fired General Rookmangud Katawal for refusing to integrate former Maoist rebel soldiers into the regular army under the terms of a 2006 peace deal that ended a decade of civil war.
But President Ram Baran Yadav, a member of the main opposition party, has told the head of the army -- traditionally a bastion of Nepal’s elite and the former monarchy -- to stay put.
“The move by the president is an attack on this infant democracy and the peace process,” Prachanda said, accusing the president of having taken an “unconstitutional and undemocratic decision.”
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First Published: Mon, May 04 2009. 03 29 PM IST