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Nepali Vice President Unhurt by Bomb Attack

  • VOA News

Police in Nepal say an unidentified attacker has thrown a bomb at the vice president's house, wounding a security guard.

Authorities say Vice President Paramananda Jha was not hurt by the explosion at his Katmandu home on Sunday. Police are investigating the attack.

Jha stirred controversy last month by taking the oath of office in Hindi, and not the official language, Nepali. The action led to protests throughout the country, and the Supreme Court considered a lawsuit against him.

Nepal has enjoyed relative peace since former Maoist rebels ended their decade-long civil war and joined the political process in 2006.

The Maoists' former rebel leader, Prachanda is to be sworn in as prime minister on Monday. His election by lawmakers on Friday ended months of political deadlock that began with the abolishment of the monarchy in May.

Maoist spokesman Krishna Bahadur Mahara says the party has been negotiating with political allies and hopes to form a Cabinet within days.

Since signing a peace deal in 2006, the Maoists have achieved their key goal to turn Nepal into a republic.

They also won the most seats in a newly formed Constituent Assembly assigned to rewrite the constitution. The Maoists still do not have a parliamentary majority, however, and need the support of smaller parties to push their agenda forward.

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