In this May 10, 2017 photo, supporters of Bibeksheel Nepali Party gather during an election campaign event in Kathmandu. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
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The government hopes the elections, staggered over two phases, will lead to a general election later in the year.Nepal has suffered from years of political instability since emerging from a decade-long Maoist insurgency that ended in 2006 and the abolition of the monarchy two years later.Analysts say the absence of local-level elected government bodies has delayed development work, boosted corruption and undermined efforts to rebuild areas devastated by two earthquakes in 2015, which killed nearly 9,000 people and displaced three million.
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