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The royal government

The government has changed 13 times in the 12 years since democracy was introduced in 1990.

india Updated: Apr 20, 2006 17:26 IST

The government has changed 13 times in the 12 years since democracy was introduced in 1990.

The most dramatic violation of the Constitution appeared on October 4, 2002, when King Gyanendra dismissed the elected Prime Minister and grabbed executive power.

This happened at a time when the House of Representatives and the elected local bodies had already been dissolved.

In May 2003, the National Assembly became defunct as well, since by-elections could not take place because of the dissolved Lower House.

At present, it is the royal government, which calls the shots in Nepal. Led by King Gyanendra, the government enjoys no support from political parties, people or international groups.

However, people in deep pockets of Nepal still worship the King whom they see as an incarnation of Hindu god Vishnu or the preserver.