Nepal’s King Gyanendra dismisses the government, claims power for himself
Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Kathmandu, Nepal —The King of Nepal, , has dissolved the coalition government, accusing it of factional fighting and failing in its duty to protect democracy. Several key political figures in the old coalition have been put under house arrest, including the leader of the .
The king has said that he removed the government of Prime Ministerbecause "it has failed to make necessary arrangements to hold elections by April and protect democracy, the sovereignty of the people and life and property". The king had repeatedly called on Deuba to set a date for elections despite threats by rebels to block any vote.
"I have exercised my rights given to the crown under the present constitution and I have, therefore, dissolved the government for the larger interests," the king said.
This announcement occurs with the backdrop of awhich has claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people since 1996.
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