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Nepal's Government Presents Resolution Curtailing King's Powers


Nepal's parliament has unanimously approved a resolution to curtail King Gyanendra's powers.

Details of the declaration have not yet been released, but the resolution is expected to remove the king's command over the 90,000 member army, as well as his right to make decisions on major issues. Those powers are to be given to parliament.

Earlier Thursday, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala told parliament members that the proclamation represents the feelings of all people in Nepal.

Curtailing the king's powers was a key demand during last month's pro-democracy protests, which forced King Gyanendra to give up total control of the government and reinstate parliament.

Nepal's interim cabinet banned rallies today near the parliament and other key government buildings in Kathmandu. Two days ago, there were demonstrations against the delay in curbing the king's powers.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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