A Nepali election worker seals a ballot box after polling stations closed in Kathmandu on December 7, 2017. / AFP / PRAKASH MATHEMA
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Nepal voted Thursday in the final round of historic parliamentary elections aimed at drawing a line under years of conflict and political turmoil in the Himalayan country.Over two decades of political turbulence have hampered development in the impoverished country, which is still recovering from a powerful earthquake that hit in April 2015, killing 9,000 people and destroying over half a million homes.It took nine years after the end of a decade-long civil war to agree to a new constitution. In recent years Kathmandu has played diplomatic ping-pong with its two large neighbours, India and China, who use big-ticket infrastructure projects to vie for influence.Around 8.1 million people -- 67 percent of eligible voters -- cast their ballot in Thursday's second phase of voting, according to the election commission.
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