Admitting that his 15-month direct rule failed to achieve the desired goal of reactivating elected bodies, Nepal's King Gyanendra on Monday said he was "compelled" to seize power in 2005 because the then government "failed" to conduct elections and provide public security.
Owning responsibility for his February 2005 takeover that led to a violent mass uprising forcing him to re-instate Parliament, Gyanendra, in his address to the nation on Nepal's 57th Democracy Day said he was "compelled to seize power as per the people's aspiration to reactivate elected bodies by maintaining law and order."
"I was compelled to take the February 1 step," the King said. "We also should take the moral responsibility of the success or failure of the 15-month period," he said.
In a statement to mark the day, Prime Minister G P Koirala expressed confidence in people's power in maintaining the re-established democracy.
"People, finally, emerge victorious... They once again established the truth that they are the source of all powers," Koirala said.
The King admitted that his direct rule failed to achieve the desired goal as "various obstacles thwarted our resolve to install elected representative bodies."
He reinstated the House of Representatives on April 24, 2006 with the confidence that the nation would forge ahead on the path of national unity and prosperity while ensuring permanent peace and safeguarding multi-party democracy.
The King's statement sparked sharp criticisms from the Maoist leadership. Maoist chairman Prachanda said it was a conspiracy hatched to foil efforts to hold the Constituent Assembly election in June this year.