Nepal's Maoist Govt to return land, property
NEPAL: Nepal's Maoist prime minister has pledged that former
rebels will return land and property they seized during the country's
bitter civil war, officials said Wednesday.
Nepal's Maoists signed up for peace in 2006 and now control the
government after winning elections earlier this year that led to the
abolition of the country's unpopular monarchy.
During the decade-long insurgency that killed at least 13,000 people,
Nepal's Maoists grabbed land and property owned by thousands of absentee
landlords in the rural areas they controlled.
"The prime minister said that if the property was not returned before
the December 15 deadline the government would provide compensation,"
said Ram Chandra Poudel, a lawmaker from the Nepali Congress party.
The ultra-leftists were elected promising revolutionary land reform
in Nepal, one of the world's poorest countries, and vowed to help
landless agricultural workers.
At least 900 Congress members have land or property that remain under
Maoist control, Poudel told AFP.
The party has 115 seats in the 601-member Maoist-dominated body that
is to draft a new constitution.
"If the property is not returned, we will launch protests against the
government," he said.