Parliament votes to end monarchy
KATMANDU — Nepal’s parliament voted yesterday in favor of abolishing the centuries-old monarchy and turning the Himalayan nation into a republic.
The decision to remove the king, however, would be implemented only after elections to a special assembly expected to be held by mid-April next year.
The vote endorsed an agreement by the main political parties on abolishing the monarchy reached earlier this week. More than two-thirds of the members voted in favor of amending the interim constitution, said Speaker Subash Nembwang.
Presidential vote delayed again
BEIRUT — Lebanon’s presidential election was postponed to Jan. 12 from today, parliament’s speaker said yesterday. It was the 11th delay to the vote.
Rival pro- and anti-Syrian camps are still wrangling over how to share power in a future coalition government once army chief Gen. Michel Suleiman is elected as president, as expected.
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