Thursday 29 May 2008

Nepal Abolishes the Monarchy of 240 Years

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Nepal's newly elected leadership changed the country from a monarchy to a republic just before midnight Wednesday (28th May 2008), a historic move that ended about 240 years of autocratic rule in the country.

Members of Nepal's newly elected assembly attend the swearing-in ceremony in Kathmandu Tuesday.


Gyanendra Shah, 60, has the dubious distinction of being the only king in Nepal to be crowned twice and to be the country's last king after the new assembly voted to abolish the monarchy Wednesday.

After approving the move by an overwhelming vote, the body said it would send a letter to 60-year-old King Gyanendra and his family, informing them that they have 15 days to vacate the royal palace.

Of the 564 members of the assembly present for the vote, only FOUR voted to keep the monarchy.

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