The Nepalese parliament has sat for the first time in four years – but the country’s new prime minister was too ill to attend the session. The reconvening of the parliament is the fruit of three weeks of street protests which forced King Gyanendra to restore democratic government.But radical elements of the pro democracy movement are determined to see root and branch reform of the kingdom’s constitution and are warning that protests will continue if the parliament doesn’t announce a calendar for a new constituent assembly. However with 84-year-old prime minister-designate Girija Prasad Koirala too ill to attend his swearing in ceremony, a spokesman for his Congress Party warned that no quick decisions would be taken and called on protestors to show patience.
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