From Jungle Fatigues to Sensible Suits: Nepal’s Maoists Join Government

From Jungle Fatigues to Sensible Suits: Nepal’s Maoists Join Government

KATMANDU, Nepal -- With a mumbled oath and a round of handshakes in front of a writhing bank of cameras, it was done: The Maoists joined Nepal's interim government, snaring five ministries.

It was a moment of triumph for the former rebels and another step towards the mainstream for the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).

The Maoist chairman, who is still known by his wartime alias "Prachanda" ("the fierce one"), stayed out of the government to lead the party, but was positively beaming as he made an appearance at the swearing in ceremony on April 1.

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