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Nepal's election is the first test for new constitution

Rastriya Prajatantra Party activists chant slogans during a protest in front of the election commission in Kathmandu on March 20. Nepal police fired tear gas and clashed with activists protesting against the removal of clauses on monarchy and Hinduism from their party's statute. (Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP)

Prakash Khadka, Kathmandu

April 21, 2017

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A crowd of people celebrated in the remote village of Gorkha to the sound of traditional instruments. Their party had just won the local election. I was in my teens and under the minimum age to vote and that was only thing I remember about Nepal's last local election in 1997. 

The Maoist insurgency had just begun, groups of people calling themselves revolutionaries used to come and halt our school classes. They made students go and seize food from the villagers to feed the insurgents.

After the war ended in 2006, a new hope was raised. I had the chance to observe elections for the constitutional assembly in 2008 and 2013. 

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