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Nine-month emergency to be lifted for elections

Kathmandu, Aug. 27 (PTI): Nepal will lift the nine-month old state of emergency for November general elections in compliance with a constitutional obligation, deputy home minister Devendra Raj Kandel said here today.

However, high-level government sources said in view of the deteriorating security situation in the country the emergency may be extended after the elections.

Kandel said if the Maoists did not stop their brutal act of terrorising and killing innocent people, the government will have to re-impose emergency rule. However, the matter will be decided after Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba comes returns to the country from his Europe tour, he added.

Dueba told reporters in Brussels today that there will be no emergency during the November elections.

After the elections, parliament would be asked to vote on re-imposing the state of emergency in place since November last year to help supress a Maoist insurgency.

“If we invoke emergency it would be ratified by two thirds of the parliament. I myself am for democracy,” said Deuba.

Staggered schedule

Junior home (interior) minister Devendra Raj Kandel today said the elections would be staggered over more than two months from November in an effort to ensure security in the face of threats by Maoists. to disrupt the vote.

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