Nepalese lawmakers stage a protest as lawmakers vote a constitution amendment bill in Kathmandu on January 23, 2016. / AFP / STR
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Nepal's ethnic minorities have rejected a constitutional amendment, dashing hopes of an end to a political crisis that has also led to fuel shortages, and hampered deliveries of relief materials to survivors of last year's earthquakes.More than 50 people have died since the ethnic Madhesis, backed by some other smaller ethnic groups, launched protests in the country's southern plains against the amendment to the constitution.The government says a political panel will be tasked to redraw internal boundaries of federal provinces within three months, another key demand of the Madhesis.But the Madhesis are opposed to splitting their region into more than two provinces, as the government plan envisages, saying it will scupper their chances of controlling the provincial governments.
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