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Nepal Police Detain Dozens During General Strike

Police in Nepal have detained more than 60 people during a daylong strike over parliament's failure to finish drafting a new constitution.

Shops and offices were closed across the country during Sunday's stoppage, while roads were largely free of traffic.

Police say the protest was mostly peaceful, but that several demonstrators were detained in the capital, Katmandu, when they tried to stop vehicles defying the strike.

The action was called by the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities, an umbrella organization of ethnic minority groups. The federation is urging the government to speed up its writing of the constitution, a process which has stalled because of delays in choosing a new prime minister.

Nepal has been in political limbo since Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal resigned in June under strong pressure from the Maoists, who want to return to power.

Since then, the main political parties have failed to agree on who will lead a coalition government.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.