Holed up within his high-walled Narayanhiti palace, Nepal's king Gyanendra kept a studied silence Friday after a historic assembly abolished his monarchy and gave him a two-week eviction order. Quite when he will leave the pink-hued palace in the heart of Kathmandu is unclear, although royal-watchers said he was packing his bags and could leave Friday. The royal flag was taken down early Thursday within hours of a constituent assembly voting to sweep away the monarchy and turn this Himalayan nation into a republic, ending 240 years of dynastic rule. Gyanendra has a tight deadline to vacate the Narayanhiti palace, which the assembly -- now dominated by former rebel Maoists -- has agreed to turn into a museum.