Tuesday, April 25, 2006

People power in Nepal

Convinced that the source of State Authority and Sovereignty of the Kingdom of Nepal is inherent in the people of Nepal and cognizant of the spirit of the ongoing people’s movement as well as to resolve the on-going violent conflict and other problems facing the country according to the road map of the agitating Seven Party Alliance, we, through this Proclamation, reinstate the House of Representatives which was dissolved on 22 May 2002 on the advice of the then Prime Minister in accordance with the Constitution of the Kingdom of Nepal-1990...

(Unofficial translation courtesy of United we Blog! for a Democratic Nepal).

The reinstatement of Parliament and representative government was one of the key demands of Nepal's Seven Party Alliance, so they seem to have won. But it wasn't all they were after; they are also seeking changes to the constitution to curtail the role of the king and put power firmly in the hands of elected government - and so far there seem to have been no concessions on that front. But the real question is whether after so much bloodshed and a clear demonstration that the king values his own status more than the lives of his people, this will really be enough any more.