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"With the sovereignty, executive power and the state power returned to people, we are now in a position to move ahead to usher in a complete democracy through constituent assembly. If there is any disagreement between the seven parties and the Maoists to attain that goal, we need to take some concrete steps and hold high level dialogue. It only natural for the Maoists to suspect that after the reinstatement of the Parliament the parties would isolate them. That is why we need to assure them that we will create a conducive environment for a free and fair election for the constituent assembly because it is our ultimate goal now."
- UML Leader Jhalanath Khanal

"Now that the House has been reinstated, announcing the elections for constituent assembly is our first duty. The more we delay the process, the more difficult it would be. There has been an agreement between the seven parties that immediately after the ceremonial proceedings of the House is over, we will call for the constituent assembly elections. I believe that will send the right signal to the Maoists. Right now our party is not in touch with them."

- Nepali Congress (Democratic) leader Minendra Rijal

"The main challenge for the soon to be formed all party government will be to bring the Maoists into the mainstream. It is a challenge is because not all Maoists are under Prachanda and Baburam Bhattarai. Since these Maoist leaders have been staying in India, I believe the Indian government would encourage them to join the mainstream politics. The other challenge for the new government would be make Nepali politics an interest also to the international community. The new government will have to work towards dealing with all these forces to safeguard Nepali interest."

- Nepali Congress leader Shailaja Acharya

"There has been a qualitative transformation in Nepali politics. If 1990 movement laid the foundation for democracy in Nepal, the present movement has been able to build on that base. Since the people of Nepal have demanded constituent assembly through the present movement, all quarters should accept that demand. Now that the constituent assembly has been announced as the goal by the parties, the dates for its election should be announced at the earliest. Immediately after that, the government and the Maoists should declare ceasefire, form an interim government and go for the constituent assembly elections. If the Maoists are really sincere about multi-party politics, they should not be using the issue of reinstatement of the parliament as an instrument to continue their insurgency. The election for the constituent assembly can be the right forum for their safe landing."

- Nepal Janashakti Party Vice Chairman, Prakash Chandra Lohani



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