Parties holding consultation to define president's role

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Kathmandu, May 28 (UNI) The historic declaration of abolition of monarchy from the Himalayan nation has been delayed as the political parties were discussing the role of the new president.

The Constituent Assembly (CA) meeting was scheduled to be held at 1100 hrs local time but the parties were holding discussions at the Prime Minister's residence at Baluwatar.

Maoists want the president to be a ceremonial post. However, the other parties like Nepali Congress (NC), UML and MJF want the president to be invested with some powers like in India.

The meeting of the CA is rescheduled for 1800 hrs local time and the declaration of the abolition of monarchy will be made, a senior leader of the NC told UNI.

''There is no dispute regarding declaring the Himalayn nation a republic, as all the political parties want to make that decision today but we are discussing about the role of the president,'' he said.

Jubiliant crowds spread across the city dancing, singing and celebrate the abolition of the monarchy.

''Vacate the palace, we brought republic,'' people chanted in front of the Birendra International Convention Centre. Political parties have decided to give 15 days time to Gyanendra to leave the palace.

Security has been beefed up across the capital Kathmandu with security personnel stationed in every nook and corner of the city.

A large number of security personnel have been deployed in the Convention venue and the place has been cordoned off with barbed wires.

Until some years ago, the monarch was considered as the incarnation of the Lord Vishnu, but the image of the monarchy took a beating after the royal palace massacre.

The dictatorial ambition of King Gyanendra where he tried to curb democratic and civil rights led to the decline of the institution of monarchy in the Himalayn nation.

Gyanendra grabbed power from the elected representatives, dissolved parliament and declared himself as the chairman of the council of ministers at the height of his rule.

Gyanendra was to restore Parliament following the mass protests across the nation with millions of people thronging the streets demanding abolition of monarchy.

The restored parliament had cut down all his powers.

Except three representatives of Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal, formed by royalist home minister Kamal Thapa during the King's rule, all the elected representatives (575 elected and 26 to be nominated) support the republic and the abolition of monarchy.


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