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Nepal's Maoists Threaten Indefinite Strike


Nepal's former Maoist rebels have threatened to hold an indefinite strike, beginning next month, unless the current coalition creates a new unity government which includes them in it.

The Maoists are protesting President Ram Baran Yadav's decision to overturn the previous government's move to fire the army chief.

In Kathmandu Tuesday, Maoist leader and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said the present coalition must "correct" the president's decision and create a new national government by January 24th or face an indefinite strike across Nepal.

Tuesday was the final day of a three-day demonstration that has blocked roads, closed schools and forced shops and businesses to close across the country.

The former rebels signed a peace deal in 2006. The agreement ended an insurgency that killed more than 13,000 people.

The Maoists joined mainstream politics and won elections in 2008, but resigned from a coalition government in May, following a failed attempt to oust the head of the army.

In other news, current Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal is scheduled to make an official visit to China from December 26 through the 31.

He is expected to meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao and other officials during the trip.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters

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