Socio-economic change is important: Prachanda

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Kathmandu, Aug 23: Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda has laid heavy emphasis on promotion and consolidation of nationalism, consolidating the republic and work for socio-economic changes in Nepal.

In his first message to the countrymen as the Prime Minister, Prachanda said that the first and foremost task is the protection of national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. "We have to strengthen the national unity based on full equality among people from the Himal, Pahad, Terai and the Madhes," he said. "There are high expectations from the public from the new government. We will fulfill their aspirations by working in an objective and planned manner. For which, we have outlined a number of national priority issues, "he added. Prachanda, who is also the chairman of the CPN-Maoists, said that the new government will strengthen democracy.

"I want to extend full commitment towards modern democratic principles like multi-party competition, period elections, rule of law" he said, adding that the democracy now must become 'a democracy of people and not become only a formal system.'

"Our attention will be concentrated on addressing socio-economic issues such as poverty, unemployment and so on. We will work to bring about modern industrial economy for which private-public-partnership model will be followed," he said.

Prachanda further said the new government will encourage foreign investments in priority sectors including 'agriculture, tourism, water resources and infrastructure.'

"The industrial peace will be maintained by improving relations between labour and employers," he said.

"This government also has huge challenges. We need the support and cooperation from army, police, administration, international community and general public to meet the challenges," he said.

Prachanda also appealed to the Nepali Army, the Armed Police Force, the Nepal Police and the National Investigation Department to forget the bitterness of the past and extend their support for national unity.

He also asked for support from Maoists' People's Liberation Army, families of martyrs and promised them of full cooperation.

Prachanda urged the international community, particularly the neighbouring countries, to provide 'moral and physical' support during the 'historic transition' of Nepal, Nepalnews reported.


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