-  Sunday 20 September 2020

    Nepal prince discharged from hospital

     -  AFP

    The heir to Nepal's threatened throne was discharged from hospital nearly a week after suffering a heart attack, doctors said.

    Crown Prince Paras, 36, is an unpopular figure and had gained notoriety for incidents including nightclub brawls and speeding. Last week doctors said the prince needed to change his lifestyle.

    But a group of around two dozen royal supporters turned up at the hospital to chant "long live Prince Paras" as he was discharged.

    Sporting a recently grown beard and new ponytail, Paras left hospital looking relaxed, and waved at the well-wishers as he got into a large black Mercedes before being taken home.

    "I am fine and I will be taking at least three weeks' rest," the prince told a local television station just before leaving Norvic Hospital in Kathmandu.

    "He has recovered well but he needs another four weeks' rest," Shyam Bahadur Pandey, one of the doctors who treated the prince, told reporters.

    Paras was rushed to hospital last Thursday after suffering chest pains, and doctors said he had suffered a "major" heart attack.

    The crown prince was vaulted to his position as next in line to the throne in 2001 in tragic and bizarre circumstances.

    His cousin, Crown Prince Dipendra, went on a drunken and drug-fuelled rampage and killed nine members of the royal family before apparently turning the gun on himself -- reportedly because the family refused to let him marry the woman he loved.

    Since then the position of Nepal's royals has worsened to the point where the impoverished Himalayan country could soon oust Paras' father, King Gyanendra, and be declared a republic.

    Gyanendra has been unpopular since he took direct control of the country in early 2005 and quickly stifled dissent. He was forced to end 14 months of authoritarian rule last year.

    Mainstream parties and Maoist rebels then signed a peace deal, and elections are due to be held in November to elect a body to rewrite the constitution and decide on whether the monarchy should go.

    The 238-year-old Shah dynasty suffered a massive setback last week when the Nepali Congress party, traditionally a supporter of a constitutional monarchy, decided it would campaign for a republic in the polls planned for November.

    It means all major parties now want the monarchy to be abolished.

    Nepal's fiercely republican Maoists have said they will start protests next week unless the government agrees to abolish the monarchy before November's polls, claiming royalists are planning to disrupt the elections.

    Source : AFP
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