The Hindustan Times reports: Nepal's Maoist guerrillas have declared an all-out war against the civic elections called by teh government on Feb. 8 and virutally ruled out any further extension of their unilateral ceasefire that ends January 1... Baburan Bhattarai, one of the front-ranking leaders of the underground communist insurgents, has said his banned party would "obstruct" all processes adopted by the royalist government headed by King Gyanendra to hold municipal elections. [read]

The 7 parliamentary parties are also boycotting the municipal elections.