Nepalese Monarchy Ousted in Vote
Posted on Dec 28, 2007
Nepal’s long-standing monarchy is about to become obsolete, after more than two-thirds of the country’s provisional parliament voted to amend the constitution and give the government the power to abolish the monarchy and establish a “federal democratic republican state” instead.
Friday’s vote ensures the king will be removed immediately after constituent assembly elections scheduled for mid-April next year.
The agreement ended months of political deadlock with Nepal’s Maoist movement, who had insisted on an immediate abolition of the monarchy.
The government had rejected their demands saying it was against an earlier agreement to let the elected assembly decide the fate of the king.