What is going on in Nepal
Nepali Maoists protest amid deadlocked peace process
The Maoist of Nepal hearing that the Nepal''s main parties and the rebels will try to revive a deadlocked peace process in the parliament session, around 5,000 of their flag-waving supporter marched towards the parliament Thursday, as they do not want that the peace process revives. The factions remained at odds as a special parliament session aimed at paving the way towards the country''s new political future got underway. The ex-rebels want parliament to debate their demands for an immediate abolition of the Himalayan nation''s monarchy, as well as a new voting system. Maoist spokesman Krishna Bahadur Mahara thinks that their proposals will be passed. But on the other hand a leader from Nepal''s largest party, the Nepali Congress, is thinking that, the Maoist proposals are not tolerable. The UN''s top official in Nepal said Wednesday that the failure of both the Maoists and the country''s mainstream parties to implement agreements on key issues in last November''s peace deal had led to the current political crisis. Despite storming out of an interim government last month, the Maoists still have 73 lawmakers in the 330-seat parliament. The Nepali Congress has 132 seats. The Nepali Congress now supports a republican agenda but wants the future of King Gyanendra to be decided by a popular vote. Weaknesses include the Maoists continuing to use violence and intimidation, and the government failing to assist former rebels currently restricted to UN-supervised camps. As part of the accord, the UN was invited to monitor former guerrillas confined to camps around the country, and assist in polls on the country''s political future that have twice been cancelled. The special parliament session will take place Thursday and resume early next week for a vote.