KATHMANDU – The day was designated as Loktantra or Democracy Day. It was on this day a year ago the autocratic king’s regime collapsed following 19 days of a nationwide uprising. Some two dozen supporters of the democracy movement died and thousands more were injured in the uprising.  At another meeting, Prachanda, head of the Maoist group that is now part of the ruling coalition government after it ended its own decade-long armed struggle, urged that Nepal should be declared a republic.

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