Nepal Constituent Assembly abolishes monarchy, declares republic Andrew Gilmore at 9:45 AM ET
[JURIST] The 601-member Nepalese Constituent Assembly voted Wednesday to abolish the country's monarchy and establish a republic. The decision gives King Gyanendera [JURIST news archive] fifteen days to abandon the royal palace in the capital Kathmandu, and declares him to be an ordinary citizen. Wednesday's vote finalizes a development that had been expected since December 2007, when Nepal's interim parliament voted to abolish the monarchy [JURIST report] as part of a plan to bring members of the Communist Party of Nepal - Maoists (CPN-M) [party website] back into government. In addition to dethroning the king, the Constituent Assembly will work on drafting a new constitution [JURIST report] and electing a president to head the new republic. BBC has more. eKantipur has local coverage.
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