Nepal can abolish monarchy

In a major political development, the interim parliament amended the interim constitution to allow abolishing of the 238-year-old monarchy.

The interim parliament on Wednesday evening passed the amendment bill to enable a two-third majority to abolish the monarchy, if the king is found to be ‘conspiring against the holding of Constituent Assembly elections’.

This is for the first time in the history of Nepal that the parliament has passed any bill to put an end to the monarchy.

So far, it was decided that the political future of the King would be decided by the first sitting of the Constituent Assembly. The amendment was passed after the Maoists tabled an amendment bill and demanded immediate removal of the King and declare Nepal a ‘republic’ state.

As per the new amendment, the government will table a motion for the abolition of the monarchy if the cabinet concludes that the King is creating obstacles in conducting assembly polls.

"No authority except the cabinet will have the power to decide whether or not the king is creating such an obstacle," the new amendment, said. Altogether 281 members in the 329-member parliament voted for the amendment.

Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, in his statement, said that the second amendment will ensure smooth holding of the Assembly polls, which will be held in the Nepali month of Mangsir (mid-November to mid-December).

The amendment also empowered the parliament to remove the prime minister if a no-confidence motion is passed by two-third majority. A no-confidence motion against the PM could be registered once in six months.

Officials at King Gyanendra's Naryanhity Palace, however, remained tight-lipped over the issue.

Former minister and president of Rashtriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), Pashupati Shamsher Jung Bahadur Rana said the amendment to remove the King is nothing but an eye-wash, and cannot bring about any major change in Nepal politics.


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