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Nepal Adopts Constitution Born of Bloodshed and Compromise

In a historic step, Nepal adopts its first democratic Constitution.

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Nepal Adopts Constitution Born of Bloodshed and Compromise

Nepal adopted its first democratic Constitution on Sunday in a largely peaceful event. This was a historic step for a nation that has seen war, a palace massacre and devastating earthquakes since a campaign to create a modern state began more than 65 years ago.

President Ram Baran Yadav promulgated the charter intended to unite the country, but it has already exacerbated divisions in some places with 40 people killed in protests against it in recent weeks.

There were no reports of major violence on Sunday though three people were wounded when police fired at people trying to break a curfew in Birgunj in the south. In the capital Kathmandu, a crowd of more than 2,000 people cheered and took pictures of the constituent assembly building decked out in red and blue Nepali flags.

Neighbouring powers India and China are keen to see stability, and to limit each other’s influence in the poor Himalayan country sandwiched between them.

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