Nepal's top political leaders, including the dethroned king Gyanendra, asked the people to safeguard the hard won freedom as the country marked the 60th 'Democracy Day' on Friday.
The 'Democracy Day' is marked to commemorate the end of 104-year-long Rana regime in 1951 when the hereditary prime ministership from the Rana dynasty came to an end. It also led to the end of the ban on political parties in the country.
President Ram Baran Yadav, Vice President Parmananda Jha, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and top political leaders attended a special programme in the capital to mark the occasion.
The President called upon the people to forge national unity amid a deadlock among the political parties that threatens to derail the 2006 landmark peace process.
Gyanendra, who became a commoner after the 601-member Constituent Assembly abolished the 240-year-old monarchy in May 2008, underlined the need to preserve national independence and uphold national interest.