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Local elections postponed in a province on Indian border as threats of interference loom
Poll is now set for September. The Rastriya Janata Party has threatened violent opposition if their demands are not heeded. Other parties and ordinary citizens protest the postponement. Some fear Indian interference against the country’s secular constitution.
22/03/2017 14:41:00 NEPAL
Nepali Catholics call for peaceful participation in local elections
The first local elections in 19 years have raised great expectations but also generated a lot of tension. Madhesi parties are protesting, demanding changes to the constitution before the vote. Encouraged by victories in India, Nepal’s Hindu monarchists want to restore a Hindu monarchy. The government defends the country’s secular nature.
25/10/2016 17:04:00 NEPAL
Nepal’s religious minorities slam president for “promoting” Hinduism
Biddhya Devi Bhandari took part in a number of public Hindu celebrations, promoting Vedic values. Christians, Buddhists and Muslims note that Nepal is a secular state and that the government should not be in favour of any one creed.
15/05/2017 12:10:00 NEPAL
Local elections in Kathmandu: first stage a success, few episodes of violence
They are the first elections in 20 years, a first step towards the "secularism" promised by the Constitution. 73% of voters participated. Apart from some episodes, they took place in a peaceful and enthusiastic manner.
24/05/2017 11:43:00 NEPAL
Christians in Nepal enter politics. First Christian woman elected
Previously they could not take part in the elections. Christian parties and Christian representation in other parties grow, winning in some local units. Angela Tamang, Christian Indigenous, was elected municipal vice-president.
07/03/2017 15:37:00 NEPAL
Nepal police opens fire on protesting Madhesi: four dead and scores wounded
Clash occurred during a campaign rally by an opposition Communist Party. The tribal minority complains of discrimination and wants an autonomous province. The first local elections in 19 years are set for May.
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