Nepal assembly overwhelmingly approves new constitution

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Posted: Sep 16, 2015 11:38 AM
Nepal assembly overwhelmingly approves new constitution

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's Constituent Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a new constitution that has been delayed for years because of differences between political parties.

Speaker Subash Nemwang announced the charter was passed by a 507-25 vote. A two-thirds margin was required.

Members of the assembly have been voting on portions of the draft constitution since Sunday. The final vote on the full document was held late Wednesday.

Assembly members burst into applause after the announcement was made.

The constitution is to be formally promulgated on Sunday.