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King Gyanendra runs royal power bill, refuses to pay

Sat, Jan 16, 2016, 11:08 AM
Nepal has been transformed into a democracy after going through a leftist revolution but is still reeling under the royal profligacy.

Former King Gyanendra, who ascended the throne after the Nepalese royal massacre in 2001 but had to give up power following the declaration of Nepal as a republic, would not part with the privileges that go with royalty.

King Gyanendra owed the Nepalese Electricity Agency $70,000 as electricity bills. When the agency, already in doldrums, pleaded with him that it had to tide over the crisis, King Gyanendra refused to pay.

The agency had to seek the good offices of Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli to intervene and make the King pay.

Whether King Gyanendra had constitutional guarantee such as privy purse and so on is not known, but the Prime Minister is faced with reviewing past wounds of the country. Nepal had also suffered a massive earthquake in April last.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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