Nepal's former king prepares to vacate main palace
Nepal's former king was preparing Wednesday to leave the country's main palace in the capital, Kathmandu, in line with government orders, officials said.
Gyanendra's departure from Narayanhiti Palace was expected a day ahead of the deadline set by a constitution-drafting assembly when it formally abolished the monarchy nearly two weeks ago, reported dpa.
"He will leave Narayanhiti Palace on Wednesday evening and is making preparations to move," a palace official said on the condition of anonymity.
He is to move to Nagarjun Palace on the outskirts of Kathmandu, which was used as summer residence by Nepalese kings in the past.
The former king is scheduled to talk to the press at 1100 GMT before moving out, the official said.
Nepal's constituent assembly voted overwhelmingly to abolish the monarchy on May 28 and declared the country a republic.
The vote brought to an end the 240 years of rule by the Shah Dynasty, which has led Nepal since its unification.
The assembly had given the former monarch 15 days to leave the palace, and the government was allowing Gyanendra to live in Nagarjun Palace as a temporary measure until he finds a suitable home.
The government has also given the former king 75 soldiers and armed police for his security.
Gyanendra's popularity dove after he dismissed the government and seized power in February 2005. His government was toppled 14 months later in the wake of nationwide protests that included the Maoists, rebels who had fought a decadelong insurgency to end the monarchy in Nepal before they signed a peace pact and joined mainstream politics. They are the largest party in the constituent assembly