Nepal opposition protests against royal government

Nepal's main opposition parties said Tuesday they would step up protests against the royal government and seek freedom for hundreds of pro-democracy activists detained by the royalist government.

A meeting between leaders of the seven major political parties was scheduled later on Tuesday to drum up strategies for fresh protests against the King Gyanendra's direct rule over this Himalayan nation.

"We were successful in foiling the king's plans to hold municipal elections earlier this month. Now our focus will be to come up with plans to force the king to give up power he grabbed," said Krishna Sitaula, spokesman of Nepali Congress, the largest party in Nepal.

The king ousted an interim government in February 2005 and formed a new administration under his own chairmanship, prompting the country's seven major parties to form an alliance aimed at forcing the king to restore democracy, reports the AP.


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