네팔의 갸넨드라 국왕은 권력을 국민에게 위임하기로 결정했다고 말하고 정당들에게 새로운 총리 후보를 제시할 것을 요청했습니다. 갸넨드라 국왕은 정부의 통행금지령과 사살 명령에도 불구하고 수만명의 시위대들이 16일째 연일 시위를 벌인 뒤인 21일 대국민 연설을 통해 그같이 발표했습니다.
반정부 시위가 벌어지는 동안 경찰은 시위자 13명을 살해했습니다. 갸넨드라 국왕은 약 15개월 전 선출된 정부를 해산하고 전권을 장악했습니다.
Nepal's King Gyanendra says he has decided to return power to the people and has asked political parties to suggest a new candidate for the prime minister's post.
He made the announcement during his address to the nation Friday after 16 straight days of protest rallies by tens of thousands of anti-monarchy protesters who defied a curfew and shoot-to-kill orders. Police killed 13 protesters.
The king fired an elected government and seized absolute power nearly 15 months ago. He said the government had failed to control Maoist rebels who now have joined hands with the ousted political parties.
Earlier Friday, tens of thousands of protesters marched, waved party flags and chanted anti-monarchy slogans in the Kalanki district on the outskirts of the capital, Kathmandu. Demonstrators burned tires and threw logs and barbed wire across the streets to prevent troop movements. Riot police, troops with automatic weapons and armored cars stood at intersections to prevent protesters from entering the city.