king dismisses government,
with mounted machine guns patrolled the capital and security was
beefed up. Plainclothesmen have been stationed at government offices
and at residences of several political leaders.
unconfirmed reports that political leaders, including those from Nepal
Communist Party United Marxist and Leninist, a key ally in the Deuba
coalition government, were put under house arrest. Phone lines in the
capital were shut down.
The king, in a
televised address, declared that a new government would be formed
under his leadership that "will restore peace and effective
democracy in this country within the next three years."
decided to dissolve the government because it has failed to make
necessary arrangements to hold elections by April and protect
democracy, the sovereignty of the people and life and property,"
the king said, announcing the dismissal of the Deuba government
installed by him last year. This is the second time in three years
that the king has dissolved the government.
larger interest of the Nepalese general public, the nation and
democracy and people's fundamentals rights, we have decided to form a
new government under my own chairmanship," the king said.
Later, the state-run TV reported that a state of emergency has been declared in the Himalayan Kingdom. — PTI