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KATHMANDU, Nepal – Nepalese will get their first chance in two decades to vote in local representatives on city and village councils in elections analysts say offer a signal that the Himalayan nation's fractious democracy may be stabilizing.
Since the last local polls were held in 1997, Nepal's 240-year monarchy was abolished, federal democracy introduced and a Maoist insurgency left thousands dead.
A quarter of the 29 million people live in poverty and less than 4 percent of houses destroyed in the 2015 earthquake have been rebuilt. Through it all, Nepalese have had only government-appointed bureaucrats because of a political deadlock that had delayed passage of a new constitution, which was adopted only two years ago.