World Country Nepal

About the world country Nepal, its location, size, population, and who is in power.



Location: The Himalayan mountain range and environs, in southern Asia between Tibet (China) and India. Size: 54,362 sq. mi. (140,797 sq. km.). Population: 15,434,000.

Who Really Rules: Nepal is the world's only Hindu monarchy. King Birendra appears to be gradually turning his powers over to the panchayat system, a partyless electoral system based upon traditional elites. Demonstrations by students and other urban groups backing Western-style parliamentary democracy forced the king to hold a referendum in May, 1980. Voters, however, rejected partisan politics by a 55% to 45% margin. To win support for the panchayat system, King Birendra promised to adopt constitutional reforms protecting freedom of expression. Nearly all of Nepal's external trade goes to or through India, which is able to exert substantial influence on Nepal.

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