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May 29, 2008

Monarchy abolished in Nepal

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The Nepalese Constituent Assembly, elected on April 10, in Nepal recently voted to abolish its monarchy, with a large majority supporting the vote in parliament. “The Nepalese people have been freed from centuries of feudal tradition and the doors have now opened for a radical social and economic transformation,” said a government spokesperson, commenting on the decision.

The former king, Gyanendra of Nepal, has been given two weeks to leave his palace. Authorities say that he will be forced out if he fails to leave during that period of time.

The Nepalese president, Girija Prasad Koirala, also commented on the move: “Today is the day when my dreams have been realized and similarly the dreams of the nation have perhaps also been realized.”

Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, said that by supporting the switch to a republic, the Nepalese people have “clearly spoken for peace and change.”



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April 14, 2008

Counting continues for Nepal\’s Constituent Assembly elections

Counting continues for Nepal’s Constituent Assembly elections

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Counting continues in Nepal for the much awaited elections of the constituent assembly that took place on April 10, 2008. The 601-member constituent assembly will draft a new constitution. 335 members would be elected through the proportional representation electoral system, 240 members through election in constituencies (First Past The Post/Single non-transferable vote system) and a further 26 on recommendation by the Council of Ministers (the current interim government).

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Around 17.5 million voters were eligible to vote in the elections. More than sixty percent of the voters took part in the elections. Christian Science Monitor said the voters “turned out in full force.” Despite a few incidences of arson and intimidation, elections were largely peaceful. Chief Election Commissioner Bhoj Raj Pokharel said, “Overall, the election was peaceful and successful. A clear picture of standings of political parties will be known in 10 days.”

According to Kantipur Online, results have been declared for at least 204 seats with CPN-Maoists winning 112 of the seats, declared so far. Two other major parties Nepali Congress and CPN-United Marxists Leninists are just behind with 33 and 27 seats respectively.

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December 24, 2007

Nepalese monarchy to become republic

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The principal political parties of Nepal have decided to abolish the constitutional monarchy, headed by King Gyanendra, and turn the country into a republic. The insurgent Maoists would be allowed to return to the government.

The Maoists, a military group who want a socialist republic, left the government in September demanding the end of the monarchy. They had only joined since the peace agreement at the end of the 1996-2006 Nepalese Civil War. An agreement has now been reached after they signed a 23-point pact with the 6 main Nepalese political parties.

The treaty establishes that a constitutional assembly should form in April to rewrite the constitution, formally end the monarchy and put together the details of the new republican system. The Maoist rebels declared a cease fire and signed a peace treaty, agreeing to place its troops and weapons under United Nations supervision.



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April 27, 2006

Maoists in Nepal declare three month ceasefire

Maoists in Nepal declare three month ceasefire

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Maoist rebels in Nepal announced a three-month ceasefire from Thursday onward saying that this move reflected their support for the formation of a new Constituent Assembly. Maoist leader Prachanda said in a statement that the People’s Liberation Army would not carry out any offensive military action during the tenure of the ceasefire. Maoist rebels have been fighting to overthrow the monarchy in the Himalayan nation since 1996 and over 13000 people have been killed in the insurgency. The Maoists’ announcement has been welcomed by India, which has indicated that it will likely resume sending financial and military aid to Nepal.

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