Maoists suggest referendum on monarchy

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Kathmandu, Oct 8: Maoist leaders have suggested a referendum to decide the fate of the monarchy if Nepal is not declared a republic through parliament.

Maoist Chairman Prachanda and his deputy Dr Babu Ram Bhattarai, recommended a referendum to Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala during their meeting yesterday.

Dr Bhattarai said their first priority was to declare Nepal a republic through parliament but if that was not acceptable to the Nepali Congress, other alternatives, including a referendum, should be looked upon to decide the fate of monarchy as soon as possible, Kantipuronline reported.

Reacting to the suggestion, the Prime Minister told the leaders that a referendum would bring the monarchy into existence again.

Later, he informed CPN-UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal about the political alternative suggested by the Maoists.


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