Nepal: New government unravels kings rule

Nepal’s new government said this week it is canceling all political appointments, legislation, decrees and other actions by King Gyanendra during his absolute rule since October 2002. The cabinet of Prime Minister G.P. Koirala also announced it is annulling local elections held earlier this year.

Meanwhile, former Supreme Court Justice Krishna Jung Rayamajhi, head of a government commission to investigate rights violations during the uprising and general strike that forced Gyanendra to restore Parliament late last month, said his commission could summon the king if necessary to probe the violations.

Last week the government said it would reciprocate a three-month ceasefire declared by armed Maoist rebels, withdrawing their designation as a terrorist organization. The Maoists, in turn, have agreed to peace talks. The governing Seven Party Alliance and the rebels had agreed last November to work together to restore parliamentary democracy.

Both agree on the need for a constituent assembly to draft a new constitution, but differ on the timing and sequence of events.

The reconvened Parliament also authorized financial aid to people seriously injured or disabled, and the families of those who died during the uprising, including guarantees of education, employment and medical treatment.