Security forces in Nepal are on high alert after the Prime Minister resigned in a row over who is in charge. The premier sacked the head of the army, prompting angry demonstrations. The former Maoist rebel leader was the surprise winner in elections last year. He accused the army leader of disobeying government orders and refusing to accept the authority of the civilian administration.
Pushpa Kamal Dahal said: “This dual regime must be ended through unconstitutional means. The nation must unite. To end the crisis, and to save the peace process that is in danger, I am resigning from the council of ministers.” Nepal’s President, Ram Baran Yadav from the main opposition party, and the ultimate armed forces commander, said the sacking was unconstitutional, and re-instated the general. Thousands of protestors in support of the PM also demonstrated in Kathmandu – with banners reading “Reinstate the People’s Supremacy.” The turmoil is unwelcome in a country trying to re-write its constitution after a bloody ten-year civil-war.