On September 22, 2006, the Parliament of Nepal passed a law formally divesting King Gyanendra and the royal family of power over the Nepalese Army. The legislation affirmed an earlier proclamation by parliament stripping the king of all of his privileges and powers, including the title of supreme army commander. The law came after opposition political parties conducted three weeks of pro-democracy protests earlier that year, calling on King Gyanendra to reinstate parliament and give up direct control of the government, which he assumed after dismissing civilian authorities in February 2005.
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