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Monday, 25 June, 2001, 16:42 GMT 17:42 UK
Nepal PM 'should quit'
King Gyanendra
King Gyanendra will address parliament for the first time
The opposition in Nepal has demanded that Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala step down in the wake of the palace massacre earlier this month.

Prime Minister Koirala
Prime Minister Koirala: Pressure to step down
In the first meeting of parliament since the killing of most of the royal family earlier this month, opposition leader Madhav Kumar Nepal said the prime minister had a moral duty to quit.

"Premier Koirala ... has failed to protect the lives of the king, queen and eight other royal family members and therefore on moral grounds he should have resigned," Mr Nepal said.

The prime minister told parliament that the killings - blamed by an official report on Crown Prince Dipendra - would "distress the whole nation and the entire Nepali people for a long time".

Parliament was adjourned until Friday, when it will be addressed by King Gyanendra, brother of the late King Birendra.

He will outline the government's annual plans and programmes.

The fiscal budget for the next year will also be presented in the present session.

Under attack

The governing Nepali Congress has a clear majority in parliament - but the road ahead for Prime Minister Koirala is not easy.

Protest against royal massacre
Nepal is still in shock over the murder of its royals
Besides a hostile opposition, he faces strong dissent within his own party.

Accused of corruption and inefficiency, Mr Koirala has also been blamed for failing to check the recent upsurge in Maoist violence.

The palace killings have given the opposition yet another stick with which to beat the government.

Chronic instability

The BBC's Sushil Sharma in Kathmandu says disruption of normal parliamentary proceedings will make it difficult for the government to get its annual plans and programmes and the fiscal budget through.

Failure to pass them could trigger political instability in the country which has seen six prime ministers and 10 governments since parliamentary democracy was set up a little over a decade ago.

Fresh instability could prove fatal to Nepal's young democracy which has already been under violent attack by Maoist rebels.

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