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Nepal King Appoints a Dozen New Ministers

Nepal’s king appointed a dozen loyalists to ministerial jobs on Friday in a setback for chances of reconciliation between the monarch who seized absolute power early this year and the country’s political parties. King Gyanendra had asked the country’s main political parties to nominate candidates for the Cabinet. But the parties all refused because they oppose the king’s direct control over the government and instead organized street protests to demand that he restore democracy. The 12 new ministers and junior ministers announced Friday are all known supporters of the king.

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