Nepal strike shuts down capital Kathmandu

Activists, who are affiliated with the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist, shout anti-government slogans during a general strike in Kathmandu September 12, 2013. Photo: Reuters
A general strike called by opposition political parties to oppose government plans for elections in November shut down Nepal\’s capital on Thursday, closing schools and markets. 
Vehicles stayed off the streets and shops were shut down in Kathmandu because of the one-day strike on Thursday.
An alliance of 33 opposition parties is demanding that Constituent Assembly elections set for November be cancelled and polls instead be conducted by a new government that has representation from all the political parties.
An interim government led by the Supreme Court chief justice was appointed earlier this year to carry out the elections.
Nepal\’s first national elections since the abolition of the 239-year-old monarchy is being planned to be held on November 19. 
Nepal is recovering from a decade-long civil war that ended in 2006 and struggles with a fragile economy, crippling power cuts, ethnic divisions and a deteriorating security situation.
Source: Agencies
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