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Nepal PM says 'monarchy to stay'
Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has ruled out abolishing the monarchy during the country's transitional period.

Mr Koirala said removing the monarchy could lead to a serious political crisis, and the issue should be left to the constituent assembly to decide.

MPs have already stripped King Gyanendra of most of his powers.

The king recalled parliament in April after mass protests led to the end of direct palace rule.

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