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2008-07-21 08:44:47

Text of report by Nepalese Kantipur FM on 21 July Dr Ram Baran Yadav has been elected first president of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. An official announcement to this effect will be made in a meeting of the constituent assembly after 4 pm today. Dr Yadav, a Nepali Congress candidate for president, received 308 votes against 280 votes by his rival Ram Raja Prasad Singh, according to sources. The country has a new elected president 52 days after the announcement of the republic....

2006-07-28 01:49:36

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels extended their ceasefire by three months on Friday in a bid to support peace talks aimed at ending their decade-old insurgency that has killed thousands. The extension came hours before the truce -- declared after King Gyanendra ended his absolute rule in April -- was due to expire. "Expressing the commitment and responsibility (for peace) our party has extended the ceasefire for another three months," Maoist chief Prachanda said in a...

2006-07-05 22:55:12

KATHMANDU (Reuters)- Nepal's Maoists are unhappy with the government's invitation to the United Nations to monitor weapons held by the guerrillas and the army ahead of elections, a rebel leader said on Thursday. The comments came three days after Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala wrote to ask Secretary-General Kofi Annan for U.N. monitoring in the run-up the polls for an assembly to map the nation's political future. The vote is a key rebel demand for ending their decade-old...

2006-07-04 04:27:32

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters)- Nepal has invited the United Nations to monitor weapons held by Maoists rebels and government troops ahead of elections for an assembly that aims to map the nation's political future, an aide to the prime minister said on Tuesday. A letter from Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala to Secretary-General Kofi Annan seeking U.N. help was handed over at the world body's office in Kathmandu on Monday, Suresh Chalise said. Monitoring arms is seen as...

2006-07-04 00:00:48

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - An parliamentary address by Nepali Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on Tuesday outlining his government's policies and vision for the next year has been delayed because he is ill. Koirala, appointed in April after King Gyanendra gave in to weeks of pro-democracy protests, will make his speech on Sunday, said House of Representatives speaker Subas Nemwang after meeting Koirala in a hospital. The 84-year-old politician was admitted on Monday night and is in...

2006-06-16 11:41:34

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebel leader held ground-breaking talks on Friday with the government, which agreed to dissolve parliament and set up an interim administration to include the rebels. Rebel chief Prachanda said after nearly 10 hours of talks with Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and political party leaders that an interim constitution will be prepared within three weeks and later a new interim government will be formed. "I am proud ... because...

2006-06-16 02:36:08

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebel chief Prachanda began talks with Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on Friday in a bid to iron out differences before holding landmark elections and drafting a new constitution. The talks in Kathmandu between Koirala, who heads a multi-party, interim administration, and Prachanda was the first known high-level meeting between the rebels and the government since the revolt began 10 years ago. "The main agenda for the...

2006-04-18 07:56:58

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Anti-monarchy protesters kept up the pressure in the Nepali capital on Tuesday despite bad weather as diplomats said the movement against King Gyanendra appeared to be reaching a climax. It was the 13th day of a general strike and protest campaign launched by a seven-party political alliance which wants the king to restore multi-party democracy. Hundreds gathered in various parts of Kathmandu and attempted to start a procession, but police...

2006-02-13 00:12:51

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Nepal's King Gyanendra will ultimately be exiled or executed because he has closed the door to any political compromise since seizing absolute power a year ago, the reclusive leader of the country's Maoist rebels said. "The king has taken steps that do not give any room for compromise," Prachanda told the BBC in an interview broadcast on Monday. "It would be correct to say that the path that he has taken is the road to hell." The Maoists have been fighting since...

2006-02-08 10:28:14

By Gopal Sharma and Terry Friel KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepalis trickled into schools, temples and ancient courtyards on Wednesday for local elections seen by many as the first real test of King Gyanendra's rule since he seized power a year ago. With the seven main political parties and Maoist rebels opposing polls they see as a sham, there was moderate violence - including an anti-election protester killed by the army -- small protests and a low turnout. The parties and the rebels...