08. Nepal is celebrating a new era as a republic after consigning its
centuries-old monarchy to the history books and ordering god-king to quit
his palace , in two weeks.
In a vote
capping a peace accord between Maoists and mainstream parties, a new
constitutional assembly early yesterday voted to abolish the 240-year-old
monarchy and establish a republic. The flag of the Shah dynasty was taken
down from the main palace in the capital, Kathmandu, which will now be
turned into a national museum.
hope the assembly's decision will end a decade-long civil war that has
killed more than 13,000 people and devastated the country's tiny,
army, long seen as a bastion of royal support, said it would respect the
verdict of the assembly.
Maoists, clear winners of last month's elections to the constitutional
assembly, started the war to overthrow what they viewed as a backward,
caste-ridden structure that had kept most of Nepal's 29 million people in
Nepalese people have been freed from centuries of feudal tradition and the
doors have now opened for a radical social and economic transformation,"
Maoist spokesman Krishna Bahadur Mahara said.
remain wary of the Maoists, whose loyalists are regularly accused of using
violence and intimidation. - AFP