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Nepal Maoists' convention unlikely to bring democratic change

Nepal Maoists' convention unlikely to bring democratic change

Updated 1 February 2013, 9:59 AEST

Nepal's former Maoist rebels will hold their first party convention in 20 years on Saturday.

The Maoists hope to use the convention to show their transformation into a mainstream democratic force.

But a failure to deliver on its promise to hold elections last November and a refusal to address war crimes committed during its insurgency means that peace remains elusive.

And with internal tensions mounting within the party the outcome of the convention will determine the future of Nepal.

Correspondent: Kanaha Sabapathy

Speakers: Kunda Dixit, Editor, Nepali Times; Minendra Rijal, member of parliament, Nepali Congress

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