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Here are some interesting facts about Nepal - Category: Introduction - Background: In 1951, the Nepalese monarch ended the century-old system of rule by hereditary premiers and instituted a cabinet system of government. Reforms in 1990 established a multiparty democracy within the framework of a constitutional monarchy. An insurgency led by Maoist extremists broke out in 1996. The ensuing nine-year civil war between insurgents and government forces witnessed the dissolution of the cabinet and parliament and assumption of absolute power by the king. Several weeks of mass protests in April 2006 were followed by several months of peace negotiations between the Maoists and government officials, and culminated in a November 2006 peace accord and the promulgation of an interim constitution. The newly formed interim parliament declared Nepal a democratic federal republic at its first meeting in May 2008, the king vacated the throne in mid-June 2008, and parliament elected the country's first president the following month.

Category: Government - Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Category: People - Net migration rate (migrant(s)/1,000 population): NA

Category: Economy - GDP (official exchange rate): .64 billion (2008 estimate)

Category: Geography - Elevation extremes (m): lowest point: Kanchan Kalan 70 m; highest point: Mount Everest 8,850 m

Category: Transportation - Railways (km): total: 59 km; narrow gauge: 59 km 0.762-m gauge (2006)

Category: Communications - Television broadcast stations: 1 (plus 9 repeaters) (1998)

Category: Military - Military branches: Nepalese Army, Armed Police Force (2008)

Category: Transnational Issues - Illicit drugs: illicit producer of cannabis and hashish for the domestic and international drug markets; transit point for opiates from Southeast Asia to the West

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  1. Economy - Oil - exports (bbl/day): 0 bbl/day (2005)

  2. Geography - Natural resources: quartz, water, timber, hydropower, scenic beauty, small deposits of lignite, copper, cobalt, iron ore

  3. Economy - GDP - per capita (PPP): ,000 (2008 estimate)

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook