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Mount Everest to Replace King on Nepalese Notes

Nepal's finance minister says a picture of the country's unpopular king on its 10-rupee notes will be replaced by an image of Mount Everest.

Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat says Buddha's image was also considered, but ultimately rejected as a replacement for King Gyanendra.

Mass protests last year led to an end of the king''s absolute rule. He has been stripped of most of his powers.

Nepal is set to hold a vote later this year to elect a body that will write a new constitution.