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The people say that Nepal's politics will be in trouble if, having relieved the Deuba government of power, peace is not restored. Eighty-seven years old Tika Das of Ramechhap says that if the king is able to hold talks with the Maoists and bring peace to the country, then he has taken the right step. "Right now we can't say for sure that he has done the right thing. It is good only if peace is restored," says Tika Das. Dhruba Pun, 27, from Kabhre runs a cloth shop in Chabel. But he is not convinced that this move will bring peace. "We can hope but its impossible to say that the king's sole effort will result in peace." Shanker Khaptadi also of Chabel believes that the step taken by the king was necessary to extricate the country from conflict. "It could not have gone on, somebody had to make this step," he says adding that the move is fraught with danger.

Just the king taking over will not solve the problem, says taxi driver Kedar Dhakal of Kabhre, Deupur. A solution, he says is to bring the Maoists to mainstream politics. Shobha Neupane, a housewife in Baneshwor, says because the politicians were doing whatever they wanted, it was necessary for the king to take control of the country. "After all the corruption that the politicians were up to, it was inevitable. But I can't say whether or not it will bring positive changes," she says.

Lekhnath Bhandari, 30, of Terathum says that the king's action was the best possible alternative. It has ended the debate between the political parties, he says, "Now the country has a chance for peace".


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