Saturday, May 20, 2006

Nepal Celebrates Cutting of King's Power

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA
The Associated Press
Friday, May 19, 2006; 11:40 PM

KATMANDU, Nepal -- Cheering Nepalese held rallies in several cities and towns on Friday to celebrate Parliament's vote to dramatically cut King Gyanendra's powers and turn him into a figurehead leader. The government declared the day a public holiday.
Communist rebels who control much of the countryside also welcomed the resolution _ passed unanimously on Thursday _ but said the king's ceremonial role should also be eliminated.

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