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Election Delay Means Nepal Must Survive a Winter of Widespread Discontent

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007

KATMANDU, Nepal -- The postponement of Nepal's crucial November elections has dealt a serious blow to the Himalayan nation's fragile peace process, dashing the credibility of the interim government, allowing time for the security situation to worsen and shifting the focus of peace talks away from elections and towards the much thornier issue of armies.

Earlier this month, the polls were delayed for a second time because of new Maoist demands and general political apathy. An emergency session of the interim parliament broke for a festival holiday on Oct. 16 without managing any breakthroughs amongst bickering parties. ...

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