April 10: Nepal holds a historic election
Last updated 12-31-08 at 11:38 a.m.
Former King Gyanendra
Millions of voters turned out to elect a 601-seat constituent assembly
that would write a new constitution. Maoist rebels,
who recently signed a peace agreement with the government that ended
the guerrillas’ 10-year
insurgency, vied for seats in the assembly. On
April 21, it was reported that the Maoists won 120 out of 240 seats.
On May 28, the newly elected constituent assembly
voted to dissolve the 239-year-old monarchy and
form a republic. King Gyanendra was told to step
down in the following 15 days.