Today, November 21, is the first anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) between the then Koirala led seven party government and Maoists which officially ended decade long people's insurgency and brought the Maoists into the mainstream of national politics.
The signing of the CPA with Maoists promising to come to the peaceful politics had paved the way for the drafting of the interim constitution and culminated in former rebels joining the government in April, 2007 (only to leave it after a few months).
The CPA was signed with both sides agreeing to abide by the letter and spirit of the 12-point agreement, the peace code of conduct and promising to establish competitive multi-party democratic system of governance while respecting civil liberty, human rights, full press freedom. During the time they had also vowed to build a "New Nepal" after restructuring the state. Above all they promised Constituent Assembly election to write a new constitution.