Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Nepal's government dissolves

Quoted from MountEverest.net, Nepal's king Gyanendra announced he is taking control of the country. I have decided to dissolve the government because it has failed to make necessary arrangements to hold elections by April and protect democracy, the sovereignty of the people and life and property, he said. Read the full story.

This marks the second time in three years the king has dissolved parliament and named a new chamber of his choice. "A new Cabinet will be formed under my leadership," the king said earlier today. "This will restore peace and effective democracy in this country within the next three years." King Gyanendra, who acquired the crown after the royal family was slaughtered in 2001, has sacked parliament members twice, and fired his Prime minister four times.

This past June, the King fired Prime Minister Deuba, who was accused of being unable to stop the Maoists. However, he was recalled to his post with the priority command of setting general elections. Deuba found himself in a difficult situation. The King urged him to hold elections right away, while other parties were dubious or clearly against them. The main reason to delay the poll was the Maoist guerrilla threat, whose leaders announced they would cover the country in blood if elections were announced, according to sources.

Take the time to read the rest of the article on MountEverest.net. This entire area has suffered for a long time. I can only hope that they will reach a peaceful solution soon for the sake of their people.


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