Ethnic protesters in Nepal reject constitutional amendment

AP News
Posted: Jan 23, 2016 11:49 PM

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Ethnic protesters in Nepal have rejected an amendment made by the parliament in the new constitution that was hoped to end months of conflict in southern Nepal.

Laxman Lal Karna of the United Democratic Madhesi Front said Sunday that the amendment was incomplete and did not address their concerns.

Nepal's Parliament in a late night vote Saturday approved the first amendment to the constitution with overwhelming support. However, Madhesi members boycotted the vote.

The Madhesis in south Nepal have been protesting for months saying the constitution carved Nepal's seven states unfairly with borders that cut through their ancestral homeland. They want a larger state, more government representation and more local autonomy.