NEPAL: First Elections

In over a century of service as British mercenaries, Nepal's tough little Gurkhas have won an enviable reputation as cool and tenacious soldiers. Last week the Nepalese showed they had the same kind of staying power politically. After marathon balloting spread over 45 days, Nepal completed the first elections in its history.

The time consumed was not surprising. Only eight years away from feudal tyranny, craggy Nepal is a hodgepodge of Newars, Magars, Limbu, Murmi and Brahmans, sorely lacks paved roads and modern communications. Literacy is so low (6%) that parties were...

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