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KATHMANDU, Nepal, June 13 (UPI) -- Nepal's Maoist ministers, whose party won the most seats in recent polls, quit the interim regime in a bid to form their Maoist-led government.

Ousted Nepal king leaves palace

KATHMANDU, Nepal, June 12 (UPI) -- Ousted Nepal King Gyanendra and his family have moved out of their sprawling Kathmandu palace -- the final act of the Himalayan nation's 240-year-old monarchy.

Officials tour Nepal's former royal palace

KATHMANDU, Nepal, June 1 (UPI) -- A group of Nepalese government officials visited Narayanhity Palace Sunday to discuss security at the facility, which is set to be turned into a museum.

Nepal's monarchy comes to an end

KATHMANDU, Nepal, May 28 (UPI) -- Nepal's newly elected Constituent Assembly ended the country's 240-year monarchy Wednesday and gave King Gyanendra 15 days to vacate the royal palace.

Nepal has new Constituent Assembly

KATHMANDU, Nepal, May 27 (UPI) -- Nepal's Constituent Assembly, elected in April, was sworn in Tuesday with members preparing to abolish the Himalayan nation's 240-year-old monarchy.

Maoists big winners in Nepal election

KHATHMANDU, Nepal, April 25 (UPI) -- The Maoists won 220 seats in the new Nepali parliament, winning more than any other party in both direct and proportional voting, officials said Friday.

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Maoists claim seven dead in police firing

KATHMANDU, Nepal, April 9 (UPI) -- Nepal's Maoist party claimed security forces shot and killed seven of their activists as the Himalayan kingdom prepared to vote.

Nepal parties agree to curb violence

KATHMANDU, Nepal, April 2 (UPI) -- The main parties in Nepal's interim coalition signed an agreement to refrain from disruptive activities to ensure peaceful elections next week.

EU, U.N. condemn election killing in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal, March 20 (UPI) -- The European Union and the United Nations have condemned the killing of a left party candidate in Nepal weeks before elections are to be held in the country.

Nepal PM to retire after election

KATHMANDU, Nepal, March 12 (UPI) -- Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala says he will retire from politics after the April 10 constituent assembly elections.
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Gyanendra Shah (Nepali: ज्ञानेन्द्र वीर बिक्रम शाह; Jñānendra Vīra Bikrama Śāh) (born 7 July 1947) is the last King of Nepal. During his life, he has held the title of the King twice: first between 1950 and 1951 as a child when his grandfather Tribhuvan was forced into exile in India with the rest of his family; and from 2001 to 2008, following the Nepalese royal massacre.

King Gyanendra's second reign ended in 2008, when the monarchy was abolished and the interim Federal Republic of Nepal formed in its place. Gyanendra became a private citizen and was stripped of his royal status. His decision to impose direct rule under the pretext of restoring law and order in the country caused the Maoist insurgency and the moderate democratic political parties to unite in opposition to his absolute rule, an alliance which under any other circumstances would have been extraordinarily unlikely.

Unable to hold the election on time, the then Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba, repeatedly asked for continuances with the King. Citing the failure of the Prime Minister to hold the election, King Gyanendra sacked the cabinet and assumed power and formed a new government. In February 2005, King Gyanendra took complete control of the government, dismissing the elected parliament (Parliament was dismissed in 2002 when King Gyanendra sacked the government of PM Sher Bahadur Deuba). He gave assurances that the country will return to normalcy and prosperity in three years.. Some citizens tired of corruption welcomed this move, but the political parties claimed this action as loss of democracy. Following opposition to his direct rule he was forced to return power to the parliament in April 2006, which in turn reduced the King's status to that of a ceremonial monarch. He continued as such until 28 May 2008 when the Constituent Assembly controlled by the Maoists decided to depose him and declared Nepal an interim republic until a republican constitution was promulgated. The constitution drafting deadline expired on May 28, 2010 with no new constitution in place. Legal analysts have ruled that the interim parliament had only two year term and since it failed to deliver the constitution, the constitution of 1990 which considers Nepal's king as the sovereign, has been automatically reactivated. There are, however, disputes and the expired Assembly still is ruling the nation. There have been some calls from parties loyal to the monarchy for a referendum to decide on the need for a monarchy after the constitutional crisis brought about the resignation of the Maoist-led government.

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