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Voting for hope

Nepalese approach another election wondering whether their politicians can set squabbling aside and draft a durable constitution.

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  • Newspaper section: Asia focus
  • Writer: Anuradha Sharma
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Dashain is under way and there’s a pleasant nip in the Kathmandu air this month. However, while the annual festival that marks the victory of good over evil is the high point in the Nepalese calendar, not everyone is in a celebratory mood this year. 

Young people and police face off at a demonstration in Kathmandu in 2012.

In fact, many people are on edge as they contemplate the pending elections on Nov 19 for the Constituent Assembly (CA), seen as the only hope for a way out of the political limbo in which the seven-year-old democracy has been stranded.

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