Nepal's Government has agreed to abolish the 240-year-old monarchy in a bid to end the political deadlock with former Maoist rebels. The Maoists walked out of the government three months ago demanding that Nepal be declared a republic before upcoming elections due to be held in April.
The political wheels are turning in Nepal. After months of turmoil, the deadlock with the former Maoist rebels is about to end. The country's political leaders have converged on the Prime Minister's residence, where history will be made. Under a deal with the Maoists, the centuries-old monarchy will be scrapped and Nepal will become a republic. The way is now clear for them to resume their posts.
BHARAT MOHAN ADHIKARY, NEPALESE COMMUNIST PARTY: Maoists have agreed to join the Cabinet after the implementation of this agreement.
The Maoists walked out on the interim government three months ago, angry that their demands had not been met. In the past they've used the threat of more violence to get their way. More than 13,000 people have died during a decade-long insurgency, many of them civilians caught in crossfire. But the Maoists haven't got it all their way. They had demanded that the monarchy be abolished before elections, which have been delayed twice. But the royal system won't be scrapped until after the upcoming poll in April and the first sitting of the new parliament. That's sparked fears that King Gyanendra could try to interfere in the process.
BHARAT MOHAN ADHIKARY: In the case the King tries to abort the election, the two-third majority of the government will replace the monarchy with the republican state.
The popularity of the monarchy has plummeted since King Gyanendra took over from his brother, the revered King Birendra. He was killed in a notorious massacre at the palace in 2001.