KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s political parties voted on Wednesday
to abolish the Himalayan kingdom’s 239-year-old Hindu monarchy, a key
demand of Maoists after they ended a decade-long war against the
government.

Delegates at a special assembly voted 560 to four in favor of
abolishing the monarchy. Hours before, suspected royalists threw three
small, homemade bombs in Nepal’s capital, wounding one person.

The government has told unpopular King Gyanendra to vacate his pink
pagoda-roofed palace in the capital Kathmandu within a fortnight, or be
forced out. He has made few comments on his future plans, except to say
he wanted to remain in Nepal.

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