World IN BRIEF : NEPAL : 70 Outlawed Party Members Arrested

From Times staff and Wire reports

Authorities arrested 70 members of the outlawed Nepali Congress Party as it prepared to launch a campaign demanding that political organizations be legalized in Nepal, a party spokesman said in Katmandu. All political parties are banned in Nepal. The leftist Nepali Congress Party, banned 29 years ago, decided recently to launch a nationwide campaign to demand restoration of a multi-party system. The Congress Party was voted into power in 1959, but was overthrown 18 months later in a royal takeover.

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