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Nepal King revives Parliament

Yielding to unrelenting pressure, Gyanendra met the key demand of the SPA.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2006 14:27 IST

Yielding to unrelenting pressure from pro-democracy movement, King Gyanendra of Nepal on Monday night met a key demand of the Seven-Party Alliance by announcing that Parliament, which he had dissolved in 2002, had been revived.

"I am reviving Parliament in the interest of the people," he said.

The King's announcement came hours before a massive rally in Kathmandu on Tuesday organised by the SPA which had rejected his offer last week to relinquish executive power and his invitation that they choose a new Prime Minister.

The SPA had instead demanded revival of Parliament, setting up of a constituent assembly and for the King to give up not only executive power but also the state power which gives him control of the army.