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In pictures: Nepal ends royal rule

Demonstrators celebrate outside building where assembly is being held

Nepalese people have been celebrating after royal rule was abolished by a new constituent assembly meeting in the capital, Kathmandu.

Maoists dance during a rally in Kathmandu in support of Nepal becoming a republic

The historic day follows successes in the country's recent elections by the anti-monarchist Maoist party.

Nepalese celebrate the end of monarchy outside the convention hall in Katmandu

Thousands gathered on the streets of the capital and near the assembly in support of "republic day".

Nepalese celebrate the end of monarchy outside the convention hall

Many people turned against the monarchy after King Gyanendra introduced direct rule in 2003.

Nepalese woman gets her face painted

The Maoists say the establishment of a republic should be treated as a festival.

Nepali riot police stand guard  in Kathmandu as Maoists stage a rally in support of Nepal becoming a republic

Security was tight for the event, with the assembly building cordoned off by armed police.

A Nepalese bicyclist passes a police patrol on the streets of Kathmandu

Bombs have been planted in the capital during the past week by some militant pro-Hindu and pro-royal factions.

A pro-republic supporter celebrates after setting fire to an effigy of King Gyanendra outside the International Convention Centre

Officials have said King Gyanendra and Queen Komal will be given 15 days to vacate the palace in central Kathmandu.



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