Thursday, May 29, 2008

Finally, national flag flies at Narayanhiti

After continuous pressure rallies by excited crowds of people, authorities have finally put up the national flag at the Narayanhiti palace where the royal flag used to fly until this morning.

The flag hoisting was done at 7:40 pm without any formal ceremony. The royal flag was removed from the main building this morning.

There were protests in and around Durbar Marg from early morning demanding that the government put up the national flag at the palace.

The Constituent Assembly had yesterday declared Nepal a federal democratic republic and instructed the government to order Gyanendra Shah to vacate the palace within 15 days.

The CA had also passed a motion introduced by the government to turn the sprawling palace into a national museum.The meeting of the political committee of the cabinet held on Thursday evening decided to dispatch a letter notifying the ex-King Gyanendra about the deadline of 15 days to evacuate the Narayanhity royal palace.

The meeting decided to dispatch the letter by Friday morning notifying about the decision of the first meeting of Constituent Assembly on Wednesday regarding the implementation of republic.

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