Nepal voted on Thursday in the final round of historic parliamentary elections aimed at drawing a line under years of conflict and political turmoil in the Himalayan country. Thousands of police and soldiers were deployed in the capital Kathmandu and the volatile southern lowlands for the vote after pre-election violence that left one dead and dozens injured. It will establish the country’s first provincial assemblies, devolving power away from a top-heavy central government. Political analyst Chandra Kishor Jha said violence could return if the promises of a fairer distribution of power were not met under the new federal system. “If they cannot fulfil their promises then the groups that have been part of the struggle will not stay quiet.
Source: Dhaka Tribune December 07, 2017 14:03 UTC