King Mahendra, dressed in colourful royal robes, July 24 opened the first popularly elected Parliament of Nepal in the capital, Katmandu, -- and historic event marking the end of absolutism.
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Background: King Mahendra, dressed in colourful royal robes, July 24 opened the first popularly elected Parliament of Nepal in the capital, Katmandu, -- and historic event marking the end of absolutism. The State drive to Parliament House was led by a mounted bodyguard -- and for more than a mile and a half the streets were lined with thousands of cheering people and Nepali Gurkha soldiers.
At Parliament House, the King was received by Prime Minister, Besweswarprashed Koirala, leader of the Congress Party. Inside the House, King Mahendra outlined the new government's policy and put before the country plans for new factories, roads, communications and medical aid. After his speech, the King left for his palace by the royal coach.
To mark the occasion, the government ordered the releases of 59 minor offenders from jails throughout the country.
Nepal's first representative government and elected parliament was sworn in July 1. King Mahendra, 39, promulgated the nation's first popular constitution under which the old Hindu monarchic rule is replaced by a British-style constitutional monarchy.