Way to Go Nepal!
Posted by terres on May 29, 2008
AND NOT A DAY TOO SOON!
Nepal’s monarchy comes to an end
KATHMANDU, Nepal, May 28 (UPI) — Nepal’s newly elected Constituent Assembly ended the country’s 240-year monarchy Wednesday and gave King Gyanendra 15 days to vacate the royal palace.
Lawmakers voted 560-4 that Nepal will become “an independent, indivisible, sovereign, secular and an inclusive democratic republic nation,” The Telegraph reported.
The resolution also said that “all the privileges enjoyed by the king and royal family will automatically come to an end.”
The Narayanhiti Royal Palace is to become a museum, The Hindu reported.
Good Riddance Your “Majesty!”
No Longer King! Sketch portrait of Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, King of Nepal from June 4, 2001 until May 28, 2008 when the monarchy was abolished.Image drawn by Duvilar; GFDL and Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike Version 2.5/2.0/1.0
The Constituent Assembly is now set to amend the country’s constitution and elect a president and a new prime minister of the Himalayan nation, the newspaper said.
The president will be the commander of the army and also have the authority to impose emergency rule on the recommendation of the Cabinet.
King Gyanendra inherited the throne seven years ago, after 10 members of the royal family were massacred by Crown Prince Diprenda. He is expected to move to his Kathmandu mansion, the newspaper said. © 2008 United Press International. All Rights Reserved.