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Nepal’s Maoists write off new leaders and refuse to disarm

Nepal’s rebel chief has ruled out disarming his forces and launched a scathing attack on the nation’s new political leadership, according to the Maoists’ website. Maoist leader Prachanda — whose name means the fierce one — said it would be “suicidal” for his fighters to disarm after a decade-long insurgency while the armed forces remained ready for action. In his first published comments since King Gyanendra bowed to mass pro-democracy protests and recalled parliament last week, Prachanda said the new cabinet appointed Tuesday was filled with “old faces” that could provide no “new vision”. Full Story

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