Nepal government sends letter to ex-king to vacate Narayanhiti

May 30th, 2008 - 6:42 pm ICT by admin  

Kathmandu , May 30 (ANI): The Nepal government on Friday issued a formal letter to former king Gyanendra Shah and the palace secretariat to vacate the Narayanhiti palace within fifteen days as directed by the first Constituent Assembly (CA) meeting.

Despite todays public holiday, the Prime Ministers office forwarded the letter addressed to the palace secretariat this morning, Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula informed.

According to Kantipur, the CA meeting late night on Wednesday had directed the government to evict former king Gyanendra Shah from the Narayanhiti palace within fifteen days.

Along with the letter, a single photocopy of the direction and proposal passed by the CA meeting to implement the republic and the amendment made to the interim constitution with the provision of a president have also been dispatched.

Meanwhile, high-level government sources have refuted the rumors that former king Gyanendra and his family left the palace at midnight last night, as broadcast by some media outlets.

Former princess Himani had gone to the former Narayanhiti palace for dinner and returned back to Nirmal Niwas in Maharajgunj with her relatives at around midnight, the sources claimed.

However, the sources added that a few Nepal Army trucks and vans were seen carrying the belongings of the ex-royals to Nirmal niwas.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula confirmed that Gyanendra Shah will vacate the palace only after the required consultations with the government.

Home minister Sitaula said that the government is ready to make necessary security arrangements for the former king at Nirmal Niwas.
The Minister, however, clarified that the number of security personnel will be slashed. (ANI)

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