Koirala meets King amid agitations

Five major parties continued agitation despite meeting the King on their demand for restoration of democracy.
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Published on May 22, 2004 12:21 PM IST
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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Kathmandu

Nepal's five major parties today continued their agitation programme despite their joint audience with King Gyanendra on their demand for restoration of democracy in the Himalayan kingdom.

They staged sit-in and demonstrations at Ratnapark here today as part of their week-long fresh agitation programmes announced on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala was meeting the King this evening for an audience for the second time in a week, a source close to him said.

The King had a meeting with the leaders of the five political parties on Thursday and he responded "positively" to their demands for restoration of democracy in the country.

The King has also started political consultations with various party leaders with the objective of appointing a "clean and capable Prime Minister" to replace out going Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa who resigned from the post on May 7 following the intensified stir by five major parties demanding restoration of democracy and formation of an all party government.

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