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Nov 28, 2013

Victorious Nepali Congress party tries to woo Maoists for stability

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s oldest political party has emerged as the biggest group after an election last week, a final count showed on Thursday, and the party is now trying to woo Maoist former rebels to join a national unity government in the volatile mountain nation.

The result leaves an uncertain future for the Maoists, who fought a ten-year civil war that contributed to the downfall of Nepal’s monarchy. Since laying down arms they have been key players in the establishment of the new republic.

Nov 26, 2013

Nepal’s Maoists demand election investigation, but soften rhetoric

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s Maoist former rebels, trailing in last week’s election, have called for an independent investigation into complaints of vote fraud, but they also signaled willingness to compromise to end political deadlock in the Himalayan nation.

The Maoists, who fought a decade-long civil war before joining the political mainstream in 2006, alleged last week that the elections were rigged, saying ballot boxes had been hidden, stuffed or swapped.

Nov 21, 2013

Nepal election in shambles as Maoists claim fraud, reject result

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s powerful Maoist leader and former guerrilla chief Prachanda said on Thursday he did not accept the results of an election his party appeared to be losing, throwing the Himalayan nation into a fresh political crisis.

Nepal has languished in political deadlock since the Maoists laid down arms seven years ago, with six governments failing to forge a constitution for the new republic that emerged after a decade-long civil war.

Nov 21, 2013

Nepal Maoists trail in election, demand vote count suspension

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – - Nepal’s powerful Maoists, trailing in this week’s election, called for an end to vote counting on Thursday, risking further political instability in the small Himalayan nation.

The ballot will elect an assembly, which will act as parliament, and draft a constitution aimed at ending years of instability which has seen five governments in as many years.

Nov 19, 2013

Nepalis give politicians another chance, vote for charter assembly

PANGA, Nepal (Reuters) – Millions of Nepalis voted on Tuesday for an assembly that will draft a constitution aimed at ending years of instability but their ballots may not produce a conclusive result and could leave the country facing more turmoil.

Nepal’s giant neighbors, India and China, have grown increasingly concerned about its prolonged struggle to build a stable republic to replace a centuries old monarchy that was toppled at the end of a 10-year revolt by Maoist rebels.

Nov 19, 2013

Nepalis give politicians another chance, vote to end gridlock

KATHMANDU, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Nepalis voted on Tuesday for
an assembly that will draft a constitution aimed at ending years
of instability but the election may not produce a conclusive
result and could leave the country facing more turmoil.

Nepal’s giant neighbours, India and China, have grown
increasingly concerned about its prolonged struggle to build a
stable republic to replace a centuries old monarchy that was
toppled by a 10-year revolt by Maoist rebels.

Nov 19, 2013

Nepal votes to end political gridlock

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal started voting on Tuesday to elect a special assembly which will draft a constitution aimed at ending years of political instability after the abolition of the monarchy, but the vote could be split and leave Nepal facing further turmoil.

Nepal’s neighbors, India and China, have grown increasingly concerned about its prolonged struggle to build a stable republic to replace the centuries old monarchy that was toppled by a 10-year Maoist revolt.

Nov 18, 2013

Nepal’s revolutionary leader Prachanda loses his appeal as nation limps to the polls

CHAPAGAUN, Nepal (Reuters) – - Widow Narayan Kumari Ghimire has lost faith in Nepal’s powerful Maoists: the only reason they will get her vote in Tuesday’s election is because her son died fighting for them during the insurrection that ended seven years ago.

For Ghimire, 62, the one-time guerrillas have turned out to be no better than the rest of Nepal’s grasping and ever-bickering politicians since they took off their red bandanas, gave up arms and tasted power in a 2008 election.

Nov 18, 2013

Nepal’s revolutionary leader loses his appeal as nation limps to the polls

CHAPAGAUN, Nepal (Reuters) – - Widow Narayan Kumari Ghimire has lost faith in Nepal’s powerful Maoists: the only reason they will get her vote in Tuesday’s election is because her son died fighting for them during the insurrection that ended seven years ago.

For Ghimire, 62, the one-time guerrillas have turned out to be no better than the rest of Nepal’s grasping and ever-bickering politicians since they took off their red bandanas, gave up arms and tasted power in a 2008 election.

Nov 14, 2013

As fractious Nepal drifts, India and China step in

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – In August, Indian security officials tracked down one of their most-wanted militants in a mountain town in Nepal where he had told neighbours he was a traditional healer.

That same month, Indian agents picked up a man they suspected was a top bomb-maker for the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group, this time in Nepal’s southern plain.