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Parties, civil society press to cut King's power

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Kathmandu, Apr 27: The political parties, civil society and the professionals of Nepal have stressed the need for making drastic change in the state affairs and bringing the army under parliament before holding election of the constituent assembly.

The Nepali Congress has formed a task force under the chairmanship of general secretary Ram Chandra Paudyal to make ammendment in the constitution to bring Royal Nepalese Army under parliament and drastically slash the rights and privileges of the King.

The Professionals' Alliance for Peace and Democracy has urged the government to abolish the post of Supreme Commander-in-chief of the Royal Nepalese Army and bringing it under the parliament.

The King is the supreme commander of the Royal Nepalese Army at present. The CPN, UML has said the royal family members should not be given to wear army uniform.

The major political parties and the civil society have also urged the new government, to be formed tomorrrow, the need of replacing 'His Majesty's Government' by 'Nepal Government' and reverse all the decisions taken by the autocratic regime.

Raj Parishad Standing Committee, an advisory body of the King filled with people of 'regressive nature' should be abolished, the CPN, UML has said.

The parties, civil society and the professionals have also separately demanded action against ministers, security personnel, administrators and supporters of the autocratic regime, who misused state funds and attempted to suppress the people's movement.

The parties have said they would hold the election of the constituent assembly, the major demand of the Maoists during the meeting of the reinstated parliament, which begins from tomorrow.

Nepal is under the dictatorial rule of the king time and again despite the successful movement that succeeded to bring down Rana regime in 1950 and autocratic monarchy in 1990.

UNI

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