NEPAL: Democracy Comes at Midnight

The arrival of democracy last week in Nepal's capital of Katmandu had a Himalayan flavor all its own. After an endless, crowded tea party on the green lawn of the royal palace, the new Cabinet finally assembled an hour before midnight in a palace hall dimly lit by five huge chandeliers (Katmandu is often short of electric power). Advised by his court astrologers that the time was right, King Mahendra, 39, rose from his silver and red velvet throne and swore into office Prime Minister B. P. Koirala and 19 other ministers....

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