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Nepal parties announce new protests, pile pressure on king

Nepal’s opposition parties announced a new round of nationwide protests to restore democracy, piling fresh pressure on King Gyanendra who seized power a year ago.The announcement of the protest programme was a riposte to King Gyanendra’s olive branch to the political parties last weekend in which he asked them to take part in talks and push forward “the stalled democratic process.” “The seven-party alliance’s Joint Movement Taskforce Committee has decided to launch nationwide protests against autocracy,” Rajendra Prasad Pandey, a leading member of the Nepal Communist Party (United Marxist Leninist), said Saturday. Full Story

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