Prachanda, the Maoist rebel leader of Nepal, in a first ever television interview to BBC declared " I believe that Nepal will be a republic state in less than five years" and "the Country's hereditary ruler Gyanendra will either be executed by the people's court or he might be exiled.".
he Maoists under Prachanda's leadership have been fighting since 1996 to overthrow the world's only Hindu monarchy. For over two decades, he has lived underground. It was only last year that he was able to forge a loose alliance with the mainstream political parties in Nepal to topple the king and restore democracy.
ing Gyanendra, who seized absolute power a year go, has since closed all doors to political compromise and to restore democracy in the country.