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Nepal's Deposed King To Leave Palace Wednesday; Expected to Speak to Media


Nepal's deposed king will leave the main royal palace in Kathmandu on Wednesday, one day before the deadline established by the assembly that removed him.

A palace spokesman said Tuesday that before the former King Gyanendra leaves, he will hand over the country's jewel-encrusted crown and likely will talk to the media.

The spokesman said the former king will move to Nagarjun palace, which is on a forested hill north of the Nepalese capital. Officials say he only will be allowed to stay there temporarily, but they have not said for how long.

Gyanendra agreed a week ago to leave the main palace, and he asked the government to help find him housing.

He was deposed two weeks ago when Nepal's Constituent Assembly voted overwhelmingly to end the 239-year-old monarchy and make Nepal a republic.

The former Maoist rebels who led the campaign against the monarchy now form the main party in the assembly and are expected to lead Nepal's next government.

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

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