Sunday, June 11, 2006

"That for your Royal Prerogative, you blaggard!"

Just over a month after the popular revolution which ended direct monarchical rule, the Nepali Parliament has voted unanimously to emasculate their king, abolishing the concept of the "king in Parliament" and removing his ability to veto legislation and sign bills into law. Constitutionally, he is now an appendix, purely vestigal, a powerless, ceremonial figurehead - as all monarchs should be.

Nepal isn't officially a republic yet, but it is in all but name. It will be interesting to see how far they will go - whether they will prosecute the king for the murders carried out to defend his position, or be content with stripping him of all power.