Nepal’s King Gyanendra has been stripped of his power to veto laws by the country’s parliament.
The measure was approved unanimously, reducing the beleagured monarch’s role to a purely ceremonial one. Not only will he no longer be able to reject bills, deputies will not have to ask for his approval for signing them into law. Political parties hope the move will help to stabilise the Himalayan country after years of turmoil following Gyanendra’s decision to dissolve the assembly in 2002. He had argued that the government had failed to stem an insurgency by left-wing guerrillas. But the King reinstated parliament in April. He was under pressure from pro-democracy protesters who held weeks of demonstrations. Unrest claimed at least 14 lives.