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Friday, May 19, 2006

ASSIST News Service

The country of Nepal is no longer a Hindu nation. On Thursday, May 18, 2006, the only Hindu kingdom in the world was unanimously declared by its new government to be a secular state.

It began with the country-wide nineteen day revolution last month by the Nepali people. At the end of that time, the king capitulated and reinstated the House of Representatives, which he had sacked over a year previously.

Now after barely three weeks in session, the House of Representatives, headed by its new Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, has made radical changes in the government of Nepal .

The House of Representatives has passed a declaration changing the very name of the government from “His Majesty’s Government” to “ Nepal government” and the name of the army from “Royal Nepal Army” to the “Nepali Army.”

The king was also removed as the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the army.

The constitution of Nepal has been changed as well. The provision previously in the constitution that said the king’s acts could not be challenged before the court has been removed.

Because Nepal is now a secular state, arrangements are also being made to change the national anthem accordingly.

And this was the message that came from Nepali Christians to the world in response to the changes in their country: “Greetings from Nepal ! Yesterday the House of Representative declared some very important things which have brought a rejoicing in the lives of Nepali Christians. Many of you have been standing with us in prayer for many days, months and years. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, AND A MILLIONS THANKS!

“We the Nepali Christians are FREE to do our activities in the nation now. We are so grateful to God. We welcome you all to join with us to celebrate this victory!”