Supporters Mark Ex-King's Birthday

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- About 500 people gathered outside the summer home of Nepal's former king Monday to greet him on his 61st birthday.

Gyanendra, however, did not meet visitors and nobody was allowed inside the Nagarjung palace, situated on a forested hill just west of the Nepalese capital, Katmandu.

"We have come here to show that the people of Nepal still believe in the king and that the monarchy should be reinstated," said Muskan Poudel.

Nepal's centuries-old monarchy was abolished by the Constitutional Assembly in May, and Gyanendra left the main palace in June. Gyanendra and his wife have been living in the summer house since.

Gyanendra was forced to give up his authoritarian rule in 2006 after weeks of pro-democracy protests. He was later stripped of all his powers and command of the army.

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