Nepal: King may leave palace

2008-05-29 00:00

A Nepali demonstrator urging the king to leave his palace climbs atop a statue of King Birendra, brother of the present King Gyanendra, in Katmandu, Nepal, yesterday. The monarchy was abolished and Nepal was declared a republic on Wednesday.

A gathering of youths outside the palace was prompted by the news that the royal flag had been lowered by the palace staff earlier to be replaced by the national flag.

The king is expected to accept the decision and move out of the palace soon. Politicians close to the former monarch said Gyanendra will not leave the country and go into exile.

The Maoists, who emerged as the single biggest party in the April elections, said he would be allowed to remain in the country as a citizen and pursue his business interests.

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