the road to Kathmandu
Today was happy Spring in
The Nepalese ruler, King Gyanendra, today promised that "executive power would be returned to the people" following more than two weeks of violence in which at least 14 people have died.
The king - who, backed by the military, seized power last year - said in an address to the nation that he had "unflinching commitment toward constitutional monarchy and multi-party democracy".
"Executive power of the
"We ask the seven-party alliance to recommend the name for the post of prime minister at the earliest."
"We have won the battle, but we still must win the war," Grihendra Shrestha, one of hundreds of marchers, said.
"This announcement has not cleared up everything," he told BBC World. "The ball is now partly in the court of the politicians and partly in the court of the protesters on the streets.
Mass demonstrations against King Gyanendra's absolute rule and the monarchy itself have been continuing for more than two weeks.
More than 100,000 pro-democracy protesters defied a government curfew to fill streets on the outskirts of
As the tension grew, so did the international pressure on the monarch. The
"His time is running out," Mr Moriarty said in an interview with several reporters hours before the king's speech. "Ultimately, the king will have to leave if he doesn't compromise. And by ultimately, I mean sooner rather than later."