New dawn for Nepal

KATHMANDU - Nepal's Maoists were sworn into a new interim government yesterday in a major step forward for a peace process that ended a decade of civil war in the Himalayan nation.

KATHMANDU - Nepal's Maoists were sworn into a new interim government yesterday in a major step forward for a peace process that ended a decade of civil war in the Himalayan nation.

The former rebels hold five portfolios in a cabinet tasked with steering the impoverished nation into new elections on June 20, which will lead to a decision whether the country keeps its monarchy.

Maoist leader Prachanda, whose name means The Fierce One, said: "It's a historic day for Nepal." - Sapa

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