Hindu Priests Protest Appointments by Nepal's Government

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Priests at Nepal's most revered Hindu
temple say the government's appointment of two head priests is an
unacceptable political interference in religion.

The government, led by Nepal's former communist rebels, named the two priests Thursday to lead the temple in Katmandu. The move was met with immediate condemnation by other Hindu priests who tried to block the government appointees from entering the holy site but were thwarted by police.

The other priests have since refused to take part in religious ceremonies.

Nepal's king traditionally appoints the country's top priests, but the monarchy was abolished last year and the laws are not clear on who now holds the power to appoint priests.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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