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Title: April 21, 2006 - NEPAL: King restores democracy
Post by: m.c. reinhardt on Apr 22 2006, 06:40
April 21, 2006

King Gyanendra has returned the power to Nepal’s people – democracy is restored in the country.

Addressing the nation this evening, the King said he has handed executive powers to the people as per Article 35 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Nepal 1990, according to Kantipur Online.

The King has called the seven-party alliance to recommend the name of a consensus Prime Minister as soon as possible.

See the following link for more information  http://www.mounteverest.net/news.php?id=1865

I hope this will be a first step in bringing peace and resolution to a people who so deserve it.

MC    :)
Title: Re: NEPAL: King restores democracy
Post by: m.c. reinhardt on Apr 23 2006, 01:33
April 22, 2006 - Kathmandu

Tens of thousands of demonstrators clashed repeatedly with security forces Saturday as they swept through central Katmandu trying to bring their protests to the gates of King Gyanendra's palace. Dozens of people were badly hurt, Red Cross officials said.

Alliance leaders say the king's offer fell short of a key opposition demand;  the return of Parliament and election of a special assembly to write a constitution.
 
But European ambassadors urged opposition leaders to consider the offer. "The parties don't think he (the king) has done enough, but we think it is a basis on which we can build and move forward", British Ambassador Keith George Bloomfield said after meeting with the leaders.

The king's attempt to hand over power was applauded by the United States and many other nations. In Washington, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters the United States welcomed Gyanendra's proposal to "now turn to the political parties to form a government, to select a prime minister, to hold elections. That's extremely important".

For more info on this story:
http://www.rogalandsavis.no/nyheter/utenriks/nyheter_p__engelsk/article2056727.ece

MC
 


Title: Re: April 21, 2006 - NEPAL: King restores democracy
Post by: Chris Valentine on Apr 24 2006, 14:13
Maoists storm Chautara (125km of Kathmandu) to fight six-hour battle with security forces. Rebels target government offices, police, prison; comms tower damaged.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4937730.stm

Chris.
Title: Re: April 21, 2006 - NEPAL: King restores democracy
Post by: Chris Valentine on Apr 25 2006, 16:28
BBC News 25 April: Opposition call off strike as King reinstates Parliament. Maoists reject deal and continue blockade.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4941076.stm

I guess the actions of the Maoists aren't surprising since they ultimately want to make Nepal another Maoist state. Beginning to look like a no-win situation there.

Chris.
Title: Re: NEPAL: King restores democracy
Post by: m.c. reinhardt on Apr 26 2006, 00:54
Thanks for the update, Chris. It seems like this is the first step toward a true democracy. There is a small glimmer of hope that the Maoist rebels will be able to come up with some kind of agreement with the 7-party alliance and Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala. Small chance, I know, but there is hope.

MC
Title: Re: April 21, 2006 - NEPAL: King restores democracy
Post by: Chris Valentine on May 2 2006, 14:36
BBC News 1st May: A top Maoist leader in Nepal says the rebels would have to respect the decisions of a constituent assembly if elections to it were "free and fair". Senior rebel leader Baburam Bhattarai told the BBC the assembly would also have to have sovereign powers to decide on the fate of the monarchy.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4962062.stm

The Maoists are the biggest risk out in the sticks. The International eye is focussed on Kathmandu and outlying towns and villages could still be suffering from attacks without outsiders knowing. Whether the King recinds power or not might not make any difference to this.

Chris.
Title: Re: Nepal Politics Update - Back to square one
Post by: m.c. reinhardt on Jun 16 2006, 04:38
http://www.mounteverest.net/news.php?id=10079