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2006-05-22 07:59:33

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's new Prime Minister, Girija Prasad Koirala, expanded his cabinet on Monday ahead of talks with Maoist rebels to end a decade-old insurgency that has killed thousands of people. At the same time, a senior Maoist leader said he had "big hopes" for the peace talks, a day after arriving in the capital. Kathmandu. Koirala was named prime minister last month after King Gyanendra gave in to weeks of pro-democracy protests and ended almost 15...

2006-05-22 00:38:30

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A senior leader of Nepal's Maoist rebels has arrived in Kathmandu to meet government leaders and said on Monday he had "big hopes" for proposed peace talks. "We have come with the message that we can establish a peaceful and progressive Nepal," Krishna Bahadur Mahara told independent Nepal FM radio, a day after he arrived in the Nepali capital. He is to head a three-member rebel team that will holds talks to prepare for a meeting between Maoist chief Prachanda...

2006-05-20 00:04:31

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal has named a senior minister to hold preliminary talks with the Maoists to prepare for a direct meeting between rebel chief Prachanda and Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, a minister said on Saturday. The multi-party government, formed after King Gyanendra bowed to massive protests and handed power back to political parties, has appointed Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula to head a three-member team, he said. "Other members of the team will be named...

2006-05-18 08:26:50

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's reinstated parliament on Thursday unanimously approved a sweeping plan to curtail the powers of the king and take away his control over the army. The historic move came less than a month after often violent mass protests across the Himalayan nation pressured King Gyanendra to reinstate parliament and hand power back to a multi-party government. The landmark resolution was approved by a verbal vote by deputies in the 205-member house,...

2006-05-03 10:38:45

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's new government announced on Wednesday an indefinite truce to match a ceasefire declared by Maoist insurgents and said it would seek the withdrawal of Interpol arrest warrants against rebel leaders. The new cabinet of Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala -- appointed after King Gyanendra bowed to weeks of protests and returned power to political parties -- would also remove the "terrorist" tag on the rebels, a Cabinet spokesman said....

2006-05-02 07:32:21

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's new prime minister, Girija Prasad Koirala, named a seven-member multiparty cabinet on Tuesday with the task of negotiating peace with Maoist rebels and curbing the king's powers. King Gyanendra, who bowed to bloody street protests last week and handed power back to political parties, appointed the cabinet on Koirala's recommendation, a statement from the palace said. "We believe this council of ministers will receive the cooperation of...

2006-04-30 10:48:25

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's parliament on Sunday unanimously approved a proposal by the new prime minister to hold elections for a special assembly to draw up a new constitution that will decide the future of the monarchy. The 205-member chamber took the decision at the end of a four-hour debate on the proposal, days after unpopular King Gyanendra returned power to political parties, but it did not set a date for the vote. An election schedule is expected to be...

2006-04-30 01:45:28

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Veteran Nepali politician Girija Prasad Koirala was sworn in as prime minister of the Himalayan nation on Sunday, days after King Gyanendra bowed to pro-democracy protesters and returned power to political parties. The king, humbled by the protests and facing possible moves to end the monarchy, administered the oath of office to his 84-year-old arch foe at the Narayanhity royal palace in the capital, Kathmandu. A frail Koirala, who is suffering...

2006-04-29 05:03:49

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali political parties discussed the fate of the once-revered monarchy and proposals to set up a constituent assembly on Saturday, just days after the king ceded power in the face of mass protests. Other weighty issues on the agenda, a day before they debate a proposal for a special assembly to write a new constitution, included an expected decision to match a ceasefire announced by Maoist rebels. Bowing to weeks of often bloody protests, King...

2006-04-28 07:56:21

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's parliament opened on Friday for the first time in four years, but the country's 84-year-old prime minister-designate was too ill to attend the opening or his swearing-in ceremony. The House began with two minutes of silence for the victims of this month's anti-monarchy and pro-democracy street protests, in which at least 13 people died and thousands were wounded. In a written statement to parliament, the absent premier-in-waiting,...