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Nepal Opposition Vows More Protests - 2004-05-09


Nepal's opposition says the resignation of the country's prime minister will not stop it from holding daily protests to demand that King Gyanendra form a multiparty government. The opposition statement comes a day after Prime Minister Surva Bahadur Thapa announced his resignation on national television. He said he is stepping down to protect democracy and to pave the way toward lasting peace.

The palace has issued a statement saying King Gyanendra is ready to hold talks with opposition parties and promised to replace Mr. Thapa with someone with a clean image.

Nepal's opposition parties say they will go ahead with a nationwide general strike scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

In the past weeks thousands of pro-democracy supporters have gathered in the capital, Kathmandu, for protests that have often turned violent.

Nepal has been in political turmoil since October, 2002, when the king dismissed the elected government and replaced it with a pro-monarchy one.

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