Govt would change if demands not met: Prachanda

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Kathmandu, Nov 23 (UNI) Maoist leader Prachanda has reiterated that leadership in the national government would be changed if it failed to implement the directives given by the interim Parliament.

''The government must declare a republic and adopt a fully proportional representative electoral system before fixing a new date for Constituent Assembly poll. The issue of change in government leadership will surface if the government fails to do so, '' the CPN(Maoist) leader said in a programme of BBC Nepali service yesterday.

He said Maoists would launch protest programmes if there was no consensus on changing the leadership in the government.

He also charged that Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala was not sincere about the peace process.

While refuting media reports that Maoists are proposing Unified Marxist Leninist (UML) General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal to head the government, he said, ''There is no discussion on who will lead the next government if there is no consensus on our issues.'' He also claimed Maoists would never give up their demand for fully proportional electoral system.

''A round table conference should be organized to settle the issues of republic and fully proportional electoral system,'' he added.

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