Nepal Picks Up the Pieces

Four years after it was dissolved, Nepal's Parliament re-opened on Friday with two minutes of silence commemorating the 14 protesters killed during the weeks of bloody protests against King Gyanendra that finally forced him to relinquish power on April 24. It was a historic occasion, but given how contentious Nepalese politics remain, it may also be the last time for awhile that the halls of Parliament display such tranquility.

The first session ended with an ambitious proposal: to forge a lasting peace with the Maoist rebels who have been fighting a decade-long insurgency against the government, and to...

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