Monday, 31.12.2007: Nepal Will Officially Abolish the Monarchy

Posted on 1 January 2008. Filed under: Week 541 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 541

“Nepali parliamentarians officially adopted an agreement on Friday to abolish the monarchy which had lasted for centuries, and announced that this country will be a republic. However, King Gyanendra still reigns during this time when a resolution is sought between the Maoists and the government in order to make Nepal a republic, which may take effect at the first conference of the new constitutional assembly; a poll for the constitutional assembly will be held in mid April 2008.

“A senior Maoist leader, Mr. Krishna Bahadur Mahara, said, ‘This is a historical chance for this country.’ Now we will mainly focus on the holding of a general election and to work with different parties to implement the creation of a republic.’

“The Maoists had rebelled for many decades to overthrow the monarchy, though the rebellion ended late last year with a historical peace agreement between the main political parties.

“During a vote on Friday, 270 among the 321 parliamentarians voted for the abolition of the monarchy, and three voted against it. The rest were absent or abstained.

“This amendment of the constitution was achieved after the government and the Maoists had formulated an agreement of 23 points, which ended a long-term deadlock in the peace process.

“Mr. Rajendra Dahal, an editor of Himal Magazine, told AFP that the government had provided a clear road map to give up the monarchist institutions. They asked the King to give up the throne voluntarily and peacefully.

“No comment from the Royal Palace has been given. The King, aged 61, had most of his power including his roles as head of state and as a commander-in-chief removed since the public demonstrations, which had forced an end of his dictatorial rule of 14 months, in April 2006.

“The amendment of the constitution gave the parliamentarians the power to change Nepal to become a republic before a poll, if the King would attempt to interrupt the elections.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1532, 30-31.12.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Monday, 31 December 2007

Bakong, Vol.10, #241, 31.12.2007-1.1.2008

  • Hun Sen Government Plans to Limit Officials’ Fuel So Some Officials Do Not Take Their Mistresses in Cars and Use State Fuel
  • Government Orders Transfer of Land to Poor People


Chuoy Khmer, Vol.1, #25, 31.12.2007-1.1.2008

  • When Will Om Yentieng [head of the government’s Anti-Corruption Commission] Take Action against Corrupt Nhek Kosal Vithyea [Director of Telecom Cambodia] at Ministry of Post?


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1532, 30-31.12.2007

  • Nepal Will Officially Abolish the Monarchy
  • Plan to Expropriate Illegally Owned Land; Those Who Are Involved Will Face the Law
  • Cambodian Assembly Opens Way for the Royal Government to Take Action to Combat Toxic Substances on Food and in Production


Khmer Amatak, Vol.8, #540, 31.12.2007

  • [Director of Telecom Cambodia] Nhek Kosal Vithyea’s Theft from the Nation Is Revealed at Embassies and Civil Society Organizations
  • When Elections Approach, the Cambodian People’s Party Plans to Collect Money from Companies and Its Close Businesspeople


Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.1, #82, 31.12.2007

  • It Is Time Hun Sen Should Take Action against Nhek Kosal Vithyea to Give Value to His Words
  • Cambodian Laws Open Way for Destruction of Environment above and under the Ground [over developments at Cardamom Mountains]
  • Civil Society Organizations Criticize Khmer Rouge Tribunal for Spending the Highest Amount of Money in the World
  • Wait and See Achievement of Akak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen in Combating Nhek Kosal Vithyea


Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6232, 31.12.2007

  • Forum of Newspaper Editors: Demand for Court System Not to Use Criminal Law against Journalists
  • Samdech Krom Preah Still Vows to Resign as a Prince if He Is Prohibited from Participating in Politics


Meatophum, Vol.52, #672, 1-5.1.2008

  • Vietnam Plans to Construct a Dam in Laos
  • Ponhea Chakrey Heng Samrin [President of National Assembly] Asks Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen to Check Case of Dr. Nhek Kosal Vithyea Who [corruptly] Took $640,000 State Money


Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #589, 30-31.12.2007

  • Khmer Dignitaries Offer Condolences to Death of Benazir Bhutto and Condemn the Violence

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