Nepal to Become a Republic

People celebrate as monarchy ends
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2008 7:26 AM CDT
Hundreds of people gather outside the International Convention Center in Katmandu as they wait for the Constituent Assembly to abolish monarchy and declare Nepal a Republic.    (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
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(Newser) – Nepal is becoming a democratic republic today—and it's getting its first taste of democracy's hiccups. As thousands gathered in the streets of Kathmandu to celebrate, the newly-elected constitutional assembly met to abolish the country’s monarchy. But the momentous vote has been delayed a few hours over disagreements about the role of the new president and interim prime minister.

The assembly promises however to abolish the monarchy today whether it reaches a consensus on those issues or not. The king will have 15 days to vacate the palace. “This is the people's victory,” said one 22-year-old former Maoist. The festivities were slightly marred however by an explosion nearby, which injured two, believed to be the work of pro-Royal Hindu militants.