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Nepal on Brink of Dissolving Monarchy

The people of Nepal, who have endured a Maoist insurgency that killed thousands and an unpopular king, will head to the polls Thursday in a milestone election. They are electing an assembly that will have the task of writing a new constitution — and possibly getting rid of the monarchy. They hope their fortunes are improving.

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Philip Reeves is an award-winning international correspondent covering South America. Previously, he served as NPR's correspondent covering Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India.