"The Military Solution Is Next"

When King Gyanendra of Nepal named Suryabahadur Thapa the country's Prime Minister in June, no one had to show the new Premier where the pens and paper are kept—Thapa had been PM four times before. The moderate royalist is expected to be replaced once again in coming weeks, a casualty of partisan maneuvering as the nation's politicians attempt to unite with the palace against the Maoist rebels. At his home in Kathmandu, Thapa spoke to Time's Alex Perry.

TIME: How bad is the current situation?
Thapa: We are not at all scared. We are determined to foil...

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