Army chief sacked: Nepali gov't spokesperson
Nepali army chief has been sacked, Nepali government spokesperson declared on Sunday, Xinhua reported.
Nepali Minister for Information and Communication Krishna Bahadur Mahara, also the spokesperson of the Nepali government told media people at Prime Minister Prachanda's official residence in Nepali capital Kathmandu after a cabinet meeting that Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS) Rookmangud Katawal has been sacked.
Earlier, other coalition parties, disagreeing with the stance of the ruling party, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M), boycotted the decision and the cabinet meeting.
Minister Mahara is also a senior leader of the UCPN-M.
The Defense Ministry, led by another senior leader of the UCPN- M Ram Bahadur Thapa, seeking clarifications from Chief of Army Staff Rookmangud Katawal on April 20 -- accusing him of defying a series of government orders -- has invited flaks from different quarters.
The UCPN-M emerged from the Constituent Assembly elections in April 2008 as the single largest party and led the formation of the first republic government in August 2008.