Maoist rebels in Nepal have declared a three month ceasefire in anticipation of the creation of a special political assembly and new constitution. It is welcome news for the Nepalese, who have endured weeks of often bloody pro-democracy and anti-monarchy protests, as well as a blockade on the capital, Kathmandu.
That has now been lifted ahead of a meeting of the re-instated parliament this Friday. On the streets of Kathmandu, life is gradually returning to normal. “I think there will be peace in the country, and we can concentrate on developing our national economy.” said one shopkeeper. However, six people died when troops opened fire on demonstrators at an army camp in the east of the country. It is understood locals were angry about the death of a woman allegedly raped and shot by soldiers. It is not thought the disturbance was related to the political unrest.