Nepal parliament formally strips king of army control

Nepal parliament formally strips king of army control

[JURIST] The Parliament of Nepal [JURIST news archive] passed a law Friday that formally divests King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC profile] and the royal family [official website] of power over the Nepalese Army. Friday's legislation affirmed parliament's proclamation [JURIST report] of May 18 in which the newly-reinstated legislature stripped the king of all of his privileges and powers, including the title of supreme army commander.

Opposition political parties in Nepal conducted three weeks of pro-democracy protests [JURIST news archive] in April until King Gyanendra agreed to reinstate parliament [JURIST report] and give up direct control of the government, which he assumed after dismissing civilian authorities in February 2005. PTI has more.