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The history of modern Nepal is the story of a country's bloody power struggle between a centuries-old tradition of monarchy and the repeated attempts of the people to create a lasting revolution and finally assert their freedom. After almost 60 years of attempted democratic and socialist reforms, abandoned constitutions, and a bizarre murder spree within the royal family, the spring of 2006 saw the pressures within the Himalayan kingdom reach a breaking point. After days of rioting in the streets of Kathmandu against the despotic King Gyanendra, following ten years of violent Maoist insurgency from deep in the rural hillsides of the country, anti-monarchy protestors forced the king to accept popular sovereignty and reinstate the exiled parliament, forging a road towards peace.

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