Clock Ticking in Nepal: BBC


Nepal's ageing political leaders have two immediate decisions to make if they are to have any chance of meeting the expectations of the hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy protesters who took to the streets last month.

Nepalese pro-democracy protesters

Hundreds of thousands of people joined the pro-democracy protests

Decision one: what to do about the estimated 20,000 Maoist rebel fighters who over the past decade have gained control of up to 80% of the country.

Decision two: what to do about the king, widely blamed for having misread the growing political crisis, and now facing a real prospect of a new constitution that could strip him of his powers – perhaps even abolish the monarchy.

See BBC News at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4765953.stm

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