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Ex Nepali king trying to restore monarchy
Former king’s heir, Crown Prince Paras Bikram Shah, makes the claim. Deposed in 2008 Gyanendra is said to have discussed such a goal in a recent trip to India. Prince makes new revelations about 2001 royal family massacre.
Economic crisis and corruption favour the return of former Hindu king
In view of the upcoming November elections, Nepal's deposed monarch, Gyanendra Shah, continues a media campaign to regain his throne. However, for current prime minister Bhattarai, there is no going back and the republic is here to stay. His wife Yami, a member of his party, criticises corrupt politicians, and does not exclude a monarchist restoration.
Hindu fundamentalists plan to restore a theocratic monarchy
Nepali Hindus organise a conference in Mumbai a few days before the deadline for the signing of the new democratic constitution on 28 May. They are afraid the country could lose its identity that was once defined by religion. Christian and Muslim minorities are concerned about such plans, insisting that under the republic they exercise greater freedom of religion.
Kings offers talks to rebels as he cracks down on them
The poor side with King Gyanendra in his fight against corrupt parties, but democracy in the Himalayan nation takes the backseat.
08/05/2007 HONG KONG – CHINA
Legislative Council blocks motion condemning Tiananmen repression
The president of the body, Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, blocked the motion that calls on the government to shed light on what happened during the massacre on 4 June 1989. Those pushing for the motion say the most important thing is that the pro-democracy movement is remembered.
‘Maoist Republic’ on its way
The Elections Commission confirms Maoist party’s landslide victory. Its leaders call upon the international community to trust them as they get ready to abolish the monarchy.
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