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NEWS: Nepalese King Dismisses Government

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posted on Feb, 1 2005 @ 01:54 PM
The current king of Nepal, who came to power when a relative apparently berserked on everyone and killed off many members of the royal family, has apparently, again, taken control of the country and eliminated the parlimentary government. Members of Parliament have been placed under house arrest but do seem to have contact with the press.
King Gyanendra dismissed Nepal's government and imposed a state of emergency on Tuesday, cutting off his Himalayan nation from the rest of the world as telephone and Internet lines were severed, flights diverted and civil liberties severely curtailed.
Tuesday's move was the second time in three years that the king has taken control of the tiny South Asian constitutional monarchy, a throwback to the era of absolute power enjoyed by Nepal's kings before King Birendra, the current king's elder brother, introduced democracy in 1990.
In an announcement on state-run television, the king accused the government of failing to conduct parliamentary elections and being unable to restore peace in the country, which is beset by rebel violence

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I think its itneresting that they should sever phone and internet lines along with dismissing the parlimantary government. People are lining up at food markets and grocery stores in anticipation of problems. Armoured trucks are patroling the streets of the capital.

Apparently Nepal has also had problems with maoist rebels trying to violently overthrow the government and instal a socialist state. Rebel violence and parliamentary inability to stop it has been part of the rational for the shutdown.

The King has also suspended freedoms of press, speech and expression; the freedom to assemble peacefully, the right to privacy, the constitutional protection against news censorship, and the "right against preventive detention".

The parliament was created originally to 'rubber stamp' the older kings actions, but street riots forced it to be a little more independent in the '90s.

[edit on 1-2-2005 by Banshee]

posted on Feb, 1 2005 @ 04:20 PM
One wonders if the parliament was getting infiltrated too much with chinese influence...

also the king seems like a very shruwd cat, I have the feeling he didn't escape the berserker action of his relative by accident, Detective rule #1: Who get's the loot.....?

It won't be long before the king has to "invite" the indian army to help fending off the maoist rebels that are closing in on his position...

[edit on 1-2-2005 by Countermeasures]

posted on Feb, 1 2005 @ 04:25 PM

Originally posted by Nygdan

Apparently Nepal has also had problems with maoist rebels trying to violently overthrow the government and instal a socialist state.

Key tidbit of information, that. As countermeasures says, "Detective rule #1: Who get's the loot.....? "

...Add Sofi's rule of thumb, "First question: Who financed the operation? ...and therefor gets the interest payments on the loan?"


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