Agiatated Maoists threaten protests on streets and in parliament of Nepal

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Kathmandu, May 5 (ANI): Agitated maoists on Tuesday vowed to protest in streets and the parliament after Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda) stepped down as prime minister on Monday and created a major political crisis in the Himalayan country.

Hundreds of Maoist supporters took to Kathmandu streets on Tuesday, as President Ram Baran Yadav set a Saturday deadline for forming a new consensus government, a directive strongly rejected by the former rebels.

Protesters alleged that President Yadav, who belongs to main opposition Nepali Congress party, was exceeding his power.

"There is a question of controversy over the role of the President exceeding the limit of his control on the issue of sacking the army chief," said Harihar Lamichanne, a resident of Kathmandu.

Prachanda had occupied the position of Prime Minister of Nepal after winning election last year.

But he resigned on Monday after his decision to sack Army Chief Rookmangud Katawal was not backed by his allies and the President vetoed it, triggering a political deadlock.

Relations between the army and the government were strained earlier this year when the military resisted integrating the former guerrillas, saying they are politically indoctrinated.

Prachanda argued that the integration of the rebels was stipulated by a peace agreement.

"Reiterating my commitment once again towards safeguarding the federal democracy and nation I hereby appeal to civil society and politicians to commit more forcefully to nation building and to maintaining the supremacy of civil society," said Prachanda, former prime minister of Nepal.

Prachanda's Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist won elections last year after ending a 10-year insurgency under a 2006 accord.

The first act of the newly elected parliament last year was to bolish the 240-year-old monarchy

Prachanda's resignation leaves the country without a functioning government and will delay the process of drafting a Constitution for the nascent republic. (ANI)

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