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Nepal’s sidelined king Monday used a public holiday celebrating democracy to defend his 14 months of absolute rule and made a tepid apology for any mistakes. 

King Gyanendra said in a statement that he dismissed the government in February 2005 because of its inability to hold elections while under threat from Maoist rebels. 

“It is clear that the prevailing situation compelled us to take the step,” he said on National Democracy Day, adding that the government “was unable to conduct general elections within the time frame stipulated by the constitution.” 

Still, the king said he is “morally responsible for any success or failure” of his rule, which ended in April 2006 amid protester deaths at the hands of security forces and the summary arrest and detention of hundreds of others. 

Angry at King Gyanendra’s defence of his 2005 power grab, thousands of youth activists of eight political parties demanded that the government abolish the monarchy and declare Nepal a republican state.

Over 2,000 civil society members, journalists and human rights activists staged sit-ins in front of the government secretariat complex Singhdurbar demanding the immediate conversion of Nepal into a republican state and the fixing of the date for constituent assembly polls.

The activists damaged statues of royal family members in Banepa near Kathmandu and Biratnagar in eastern Nepal, as anti-King demonstrations sparked by King Gyanendra’s defence of his February 2005 takeover swept through the nation. 

 

 

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