Nepal constitution talks fail to end protests
Talks between the Nepali government and minority groups to resolve a dispute over a new constitution have fallen apart, opposition leaders said on Tuesday, dashing hopes that protests that have led to crippling fuel shortages will end soon.
More than 50 people have been killed since August in anti-government protests in the Tarai region, a narrow strip of plains that runs along Nepal’s southern border with India.
A resulting slowdown in cross-border truck traffic has plunged the landlocked nation into a fuel crisis that has hampered aid to survivors of last year’s deadly earthquakes and spawned a lucrative black market.
The ethnic Madhesi groups who live in the Tarai say Nepal’s new constitution, its first since the nation abolished its centuries-old monarchy, alienates their members, granting them low representation in parliament and government bodies. Read More