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Nepal to recall envoys named by King

A cabinet meeting presided by Prime Minister Koirala took the decision as the ambassadors "toed the autocratic line".

india Updated: May 08, 2006 10:27 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Nepal's new Seven-Party Alliance government is to recall all ambassadors appointed by King Gyanendra, a senior minister in Kathmandu said.

A cabinet meeting, presided by octogenarian Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, took the decision as the ambassadors "toed the autocratic line," Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula told reporters in Kathmandu.

About a dozen Nepalese ambassadors are accredited to various countries -- many to more than one. Among the countries to be affected would be India, the United States, Britain, Japan and Germany.

Situala said the cabinet had also decided to annul all appointments made by different governments after King Gyanendra dismissed the elected government on October 4, 2002.

According to Situala, the appointments made by the government in state-owned enterprises, media houses and companies would be affected.

A resolution passed by Nepalese parliament earlier on Sunday called on the government to dismiss all ambassadors appointed by the royal government.

First Published: May 08, 2006 08:32 IST