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Nepal parliament votes to strip king of veto power

[JURIST] Parliament members in Nepal [JURIST news archive] voted late Saturday to strip King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC profile] of his power to veto laws passed by the legislature. The new law is the latest in a series of moves to strip Gyanendra of the wide-ranging powers [JURIST report] he held before three weeks of pro-democracy protests [JURIST news archive] in April forced the king to reinstate parliament [JURIST report].

Gyanendra sacked the government and parliament [JURIST report] in February 2005 and assumed direct rule of the country, but lawmakers in Nepal have worked to restore power to the people during the past few months, including endorsing a plan to hold elections for a constituent assembly [JURIST report] to re-write the current constitution [text]. AP has more. eKantipur.com has local coverage.

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