Nepal King calls for general elections
Elections are the best way to exercise multi-party democracy, Gyanendra said in his Nepali New Year broadcast.Updated: Apr 17, 2006 20:15 IST
Under sustained pressure from mainstream political parties and Maoists to restore democracy, Nepal's King Gyanendra on Thursday called for general elections.
"It is... Our desire that with the active participation of all political parties committed to peace and democracy, a meaningful exercise in multi-party democracy be initiated through an exemplary democratic exercise like the general elections," the king said in his Nepali New Year broadcast.
The King said that general elections is the best way to exercise multi-party democracy in a meaningful way.
In a short statement broadcast on Nepal Television, he asked political parties to resolve all issues through dialogue, saying "the process of dialogue is always open to activate multi-party democracy system."
Gyanendra reiterated a call to political parties to "bear responsibility of -- and contribute to -- activating the multi-party democratic polity."
His call for general elections came as the opposition's general strike entered the eight day on Thursday.
"There is no alternative to multiparty democracy in the 21st century and the verdict of people expressed through election consists of the truth, so it is our wish not to make delay in making effective representative bodies throughout the process of election," the king said in his message.
He also wished that the New Year will be successful in completing the efforts made towards establishing sustainable peace and meaningful democracy.
The monarch held local elections two months ago as part of his "roadmap to democracy" without the participation of mainstream political parties.
King Gyanendra sacked the Government and took power in February last year, saying politicans had failed to tackle the insurgency.