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Nepal's Former King Almost Ready to Vacate Palace

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Senior officials say Nepal's king will abide by the country's decision to abolish the monarchy, and that he will leave the royal palace in Katmandu.

King Gyanendra continues to live at the palace, although Nepal's Constituent Assembly voted overwhelmingly (560 to four) Wednesday to bring an end to the 239-year-old monarchy.

Various media reports in Nepal today (Saturday) say the deposed king is preparing to move out, but that he has asked for help in finding new housing.

Lawmakers gave the deposed king a formal order Friday to leave the palace within two weeks. They say the palace will be turned into a museum.

Security around the palace is tight. At least five people were injured when demonstrators demanding the former king leave immediately clashed with police Thursday.

The Communist Party of Nepal (former Maoist rebels) is set to lead the country's next government. It emerged as the largest political force after April's elections for a special assembly to draft a new constitution.

In the meantime, our Kolkata stringer Gautam Gupta in a report says that King Gyanendra is likely to move to the Indian state of Orissa .

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