Nepal PM urges king to step down

Nepal’s Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has urged the embattled king to abdicate before upcoming polls, state media said on Sunday, increasing the pressure on the once revered monarch. Koirala said King Gyanendra, who was forced to end an unpopular period of direct rule last year, should consider a ceremonial role or risk seeing the monarchy scrapped altogether. Full Story

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