Hundred thirty-seventh edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: February 2009)

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Intelligence profile: Nepal

Background

In 1951, the Nepalese monarch ended the century-old system and instituted a cabinet system of government. Reforms in 1990 established a multiparty democracy within the framework of a constitutional monarchy. An insurgency led by Maoist extremists broke out in 1996. The ensuing nine-year civil war between insurgents and government forces witnessed the dissolution of the cabinet and parliament and assumption of absolute power by the king. Several weeks of mass protests in April 2006 were followed by several months of peace negotiations between the Maoists and government officials, and culminated in a November 2006 peace accord and the promulgation of an interim constitution. The newly formed interim parliament declared Nepal a democratic federal republic at its first meeting in May 2008, the king vacated the throne in mid-June 2008, and parliament elected the country's first president the following month.

General

Long name : Sanghiya Loktantrik Ganatantra Nepal
(Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal)
Short name : Nepal
Capital : Kathmandu
Administrative divisions : 14 zones (anchal);
Bagmati, Bheri, Dhawalagiri, Gandaki, Janakpur, Karnali, Kosi, Lumbini, Mahakali, Mechi, Narayani, Rapti, Sagarmatha and Seti.

Military & state security services

Military branches

Security

Sources

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