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ILPS CONGRATULATES THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF NEPAL (MAOIST)
AND THE NEPALI PEOPLE FOR VICTORY OF DEMOCRATIC CAUSE


By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International Coordinating Committee
International League of Peoples' Struggle
19 April 2008

As chairperson of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) of the International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS), I hereby convey the warmest congratulations of the ICC and participating organizations of the ILPS to the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and the people of Nepal for their victory in the elections for the Constituent Assembly.

We are jubilant over this highly significant victory of the anti-imperialist and democratic cause. It spells the abolition of the monarchy and establishment of the democratic federal republic and opens the way for the undertaking of basic democratic reforms towards the completion of the new democratic revolution. We anticipate that under the leadership of CPN (Maoist) the new broad-based government shall carry out basic democratic reforms soon in the field of politics, social economy, culture and international relations in response to the urgent demands of the people.

To comply with previous agreements of the CPN (Maoist) and the Seven-Party Alliance (SPA), the bureaucratic and military apparatuses of the state need to be re-oriented and restructured, allowing the integration of the revolutionaries, in order to consolidate the conditions of peace and advance the national and democratic interests of the Nepali people. Subsequent to the integration of the revolutionaries, the army can be systematically downsized as the people's militia is developed in order to support the basic democratic reforms on a wide scale and reduce and make more efficient the cost of defense.

In response to the strong urgent clamor of the peasant masses, land reform needs to be carried out as the main substance of the democratic revolution and the main self-reliant support for economic development. National industrialization can be undertaken in concert with land reform and the promotion of agricultural production. A national, scientific and mass culture needs to be propagated and developed. An independent, peace-loving and development-oriented foreign policy needs to be adopted against imperialism and reaction.

We express to the CPN (Maoist) our best wishes in carrying out the mandate from the people of Nepal and in leading them to still greater victories in realizing basic democratic reforms and in carrying the new democratic revolution forward. We hope that the CPN (Maoist) and the people of Nepal will play a crucial role in promoting the advance of movements for national liberation, democracy, social justice, development and peace against imperialism and reaction.

The International League of Peoples' Struggle shall always cooperate with the patriotic and progressive forces and broad masses of the Nepali people in mustering international support for all their efforts aimed at national and social liberation and in building international solidarity against imperialism and reaction and in raising the level of revolutionary struggle and achievement in the world to a new and higher one.###

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