KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) _ Prince Gyanendra was named as Nepal's new king on Monday, following the death of his nephew who had technically been king since a Friday night shooting that killed most of the royal family.

The State Council, which deals with royal affairs, met in the morning and proclaimed Gyanendra, who had been acting king, as the new monarch of this beautiful but poor Himalayan nation still stunned from the killings.

The council confirmed that King Dipendra had died early in the morning. Officials privately blame the former crown prince for shooting his parents _ the king and queen _ and other members of the family before turning a gun on himself.