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Feb 10, 2014

Nepal picks Koirala as new PM, but challenges remain

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s parliament picked a social democrat as its new prime minister on Monday after a last-minute power-sharing deal ended a deadlock that had lasted since an election two months ago.

Sushil Koirala, the head of the centrist Nepali Congress party, was elected with support from the communist UML party, which holds the second largest number of seats in parliament.

Jan 3, 2014

Nepal court says no amnesty for serious war-time abusers

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s Supreme Court has told the government it must ensure serious human rights violators are not given amnesties by a truth and reconciliation commission which will investigate crimes committed during a decade-long civil war.

Human rights workers and victims’ groups had feared that the government’s plan for a reconciliation commission could mean pardons for serious violators of human rights.

Dec 24, 2013

Amid Nepal’s chaos, royalists spy chance for a comeback

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Just a few years ago, Nepal’s royal family looked consigned to the history books.

A palace massacre by an unhinged crown prince in 2001, in which the king and eight members of his family were killed, was followed seven years later by the abolition of the monarchy by a Maoist-dominated special legislative assembly.

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.