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Nepalese Political Parties Seek to Restore Democracy

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Nepal's main political parties have announced they will work together to seek the restoration of democracy in the Himalayan nation. The seven parties announced their plan to reform the country's constitution to limit the powers of its monarch, King Gyanendra. The plan also calls for the reinstatement of Nepal's parliament, dissolved by the king in 2002. King Gyanendra replaced the elected government with royally-appointed ministers in February, saying he took power to quell a Maoist insurgency that the government could not control. The political groups said they are committed to forming an all-party government that would bring political stability and solve conflicts, including the Maoist insurgency. The rebellion has claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people since it began in 1996.
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