Wednesday, February 2, 2005

King Gyanendra Takes Executive Power

(Written at 10:30am, immediately after King Gyanendra finishes his address to the nation)

King Gyanendra on his ‘historical decision’ took all the executive power dismissing the Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government in his address to the nation broadcasting by the Nepal Television at 10am NST today.

The 31-minute long recorded (and edited) address to the nation, the King criticizes the government, political parties and politicians; dismissed the Deuba government taking the executive power and promising ‘activation of multi-party democracy’ in three years; asked Maoists to lay down weapons and warned them of harsh consequences if they continue the terrorism and promised end of terrorism; end of corruption and sustainable development.

The King started the address saying that ‘he was on the verge of historical decision’ for the betterment of the country and people as politicians failed to think of the people and the country and tried to demolish the ‘universal principles of the state’. ‘Democracy and development are complement to each other’ but we had a ‘bitter experience’ not in coherence of it and the ‘current situation forced him to take the decision’.

The King, ‘in accordance with the constitution’, in view of article 27 (c) of the constitution (27.c. says that the King would obey and patronize the constitution for the people’s progress), dismissed the current government as it failed to progress towards the election. The next government would be ‘constituted in our chairmanship’.

‘In next three years, after establishment of peace and harmony in the country, the multiparty democracy will be re-activated through election’. ‘Now on, the crime of terrorism should end’ and there will be harsh punishment for such crime. The King called the Maoists to ‘enter the national politics laying down the weapons’. And promised to initiate steps of curb the wide-spread corruption immediately.

Talking about free-media, the King said they play important role in national development and hoped of the ‘worthy contribution’ towards the establishment of peace and development. No comments for now.

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