Nepal's former king will leave palace by next week

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Kathmandu, Jun 2 (UNI) Nepal's former king Gyanendra Shah was ready to move out of the palace in the allocated time period provided by the Government, Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula said today.

Talking to journalists after an hour meeting with the former monarch, Mr Sitaula quoted the former king as saying, ''I will respect people's verdict and will leave the palace by next week.

The home minister informed that ex king Gyanendra was searching for accommodation.

Mr Sitaula further said the former king also expressed concern and refuted the media reports that Gyanendra set ablaze various important documents of the palace.

This is the first time that a Nepali minister has met Gyanendra after the Constituent Assembly abolished monarchy and declared Nepal a federal democratic republic on May 28.

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