» 06/04/2008, 00.00
Pro-monarchy Hindus accept transition to republic
The leader of the Nepalese branch of the World Hindu Federation acknowledges the change of the constitution sanctioned by the constitutional assembly. Dissent still remains over the declaration of the "secular state": if this is not revoked, public protests are in the offing.
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.
Former Nepalese king visits India: meetings with Hindu leaders scheduled
For the first time since the end of the monarchy, Gyanendra has gone to New Delhi. It is possible that he will meet with Prime Minister Singh and members of the BJP. For the former Nepalese ambassador in India, the former monarch could ask for pressure on the Maoist government.
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Nepali Catholics call for peaceful participation in local elections
The first local elections in 19 years have raised great expectations but also generated a lot of tension. Madhesi parties are protesting, demanding changes to the constitution before the vote. Encouraged by victories in India, Nepal’s Hindu monarchists want to restore a Hindu monarchy. The government defends the country’s secular nature.
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.
Nepal, proclamation of Republic still awaited
A few hours' delay for the vote of the constitutional assembly, which should announce today the end of the Hindu monarchy. The political parties are probably wrapping up agreements on the separation of powers between the president and prime minister. The king has been given 15 days to leave the palace.
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