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Unconstitutional, says Deuba

Kathmandu Oct. 5. Hours after Nepal's King Gyanendra stunned the nation by dismissing him as Prime Minister, Sher Bahadur Deuba today said his ``surprise'' ouster was ``unconstitutional'', as the royal move triggered a sharp reaction from political parties which termed it as ``shocking''.

``I am surprised. As far as I have understood, the King cannot remove me as per the Constitution,'' Mr. Deuba said.

Nepalese politics took a dramatic turn last night when the King in a televised address announced the sacking of Mr. Deuba and the dissolution of his Cabinet.

Earlier Mr. Deuba had asked the King to postpone the November 13 polls because of the Maoist insurgecy. ``I wanted elections and I had decided to postpone elections on request by the all-party meeting'' he said. Challenging his ouster, he said ``I cannot be removed constitutionally.''

According to a source close to Mr. Deuba, the King had asked him to voluntarily resign from the post before sacking him. — PTI

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