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Nepal: Days of Chaos

 
 

KATHMANDU, NEPAL – Following an early-morning brawl between lawmakers at the country’s Constituent Assembly (CA) and a nationwide strike on Tuesday, during which the streets of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu were emptied and shops remained closed, protests by various groups on Wednesday, and several days of failed negotiations between ruling and opposition parties, Nepali lawmakers met at the CA on Thursday in a final attempt to meet the 22 January deadline for adopting a new constitution.

The disruption ensured that yet another deadline was missed, one of many since elections in 2008 that ended the country’s monarchy.

Nepal: Days of Chaos
Members of the Nepali opposition are pushed by security staff while boycotting a meeting on the deadline for a new constitution at the Constituent Assembly in Kathmandu, Nepal on January 22, 2015.
Image Credit: Omar Havana
Nepal: Days of Chaos
A man sits in the middle of Kathmandu’s ring road during the opposition bandh (protest) that shuttered the city on January 20, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Nepal: Days of Chaos
Nepali police forces stand in front of closed businesses in the Maharajgunj neighborhood during the opposition bandh (protest) that shuttered the city on January 20, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Nepal: Days of Chaos
Nepali police forces stand behind a razor wired barricade set up to impede access to protesters to the Constituent Assembly a day ahead of the deadline for a new constitution on January 21, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Image Credit: Omar Havana
Nepal: Days of Chaos
Nepali police forces block demonstrators during a protest near the Constituent Assembly a day ahead of the deadline for a new constitution on January 21, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Image Credit: Omar Havana
Nepal: Days of Chaos
A group of women march in Babarmahal holding flags during a protest a day ahead of the deadline for a new constitution on January 21, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Nepal: Days of Chaos
Nepali police forces block access to a group of pro-constitution students a day ahead of the deadline for a new constitution on January 21, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Nepal: Days of Chaos
Constituent Assembly Chairman Subhash Nemwang presides over the Constituent Assembly during the resumption of a meeting on the deadline for a new constitution in Kathmandu, Nepal on January 22, 2015.
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Nepal: Days of Chaos
Members of the Nepali opposition obstruct the resumption of a meeting on the deadline for a new constitution at the Constituent Assembly in Kathmandu, Nepal on January 22, 2015.
Image Credit: Omar Havana
Nepal: Days of Chaos
Members of the Nepali opposition are held back during opposition protests inside the Constituent Assembly following the resumption of a meeting on the deadline for a new constitution in Kathmandu, Nepal on January 22, 2015.
Image Credit: Omar Havana
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