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Country Specific Information: Nepal

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Country Specific Information: Nepal
Source: U.S. Department of State

May 02, 2011

COUNTRY DESCRIPTION: Nepal is a developing country with extensive tourist facilities, which vary widely in quality and price. The capital is Kathmandu. Nepal ended a ten-year Maoist insurgency in November 2006 and established an interim government in January 2007. Constituent Assembly elections held in April 2008 formed a Constituent Assembly to serve as a parliamentary body and to draft a new constitution by May 2010. However, the Constituent Assembly did not finish drafting the new constitution by this date and extended the deadline to May 28, 2011. The Constituent Assembly declared Nepal a federal democratic republic and abolished the monarchy in May 2008. The Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist, which received a plurality of votes in the Constituent Assembly election, formed a coalition government in August 2008. The Maoists stepped down from government in May 2009, and a new coalition government under the leadership of the Communist Party of Nepal — United Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) was formed. In June 2010, this government officially resigned and became a caretaker government. A new Prime Minister, the UML’s Jhala Nath Khanal, was finally elected in February 2011. Read the Department of State Background Notes on Nepal for additional information.


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