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Maoist leader orders cadres to stop extortion

Nepal’s Maoist leader has said that rebel cadres should stop extortion, but that “voluntary donation schemes” such as collecting money from businesses to feed troops would continue. “The party central office has ordered all the district committees to make all donation campaigns completely voluntary, and not to open new revenue offices,” rebel leader Prachanda said in an emailed statement. The rebels made the move amid criticism from political parties that extortion from businesses was not in the spirit of a landmark agreement to draft an interim constitution and share power after a decade of insurgency that has left more than 12,500 people dead. Full Story

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