The deposed king of Nepal expressed his dissatisfaction on Thursday over the lack of progress in Nepali politics since he was forced to leave his throne in 2008.
"I didn't expect things to turn out this way when I left the throne. This is an unfortunate situation," said Gyanendra Shah on his 64th birthday.
It was the first time the ex-king has issued a public statement on the occasion of his birthday - which was formerly celebrated as a national holiday - since his ouster in 2008.
Following the failure of the Constituent Assembly, established after the king's deposition, to draft a new constitution at the end of its extended one-year term on May 28, the small but increasingly vocal royalist camp has ratcheted up its campaign to restore Nepal's status as a Hindu kingdom, with the king serving as its protector.