- 575 members sworn in to Nepal's Constituent Assembly
- 26 seats are still open; these are to be filled by members elected by the Cabinet.
- The assembly officiated the end of 340 years of religious monarchy in Nepal
- Responsible for overseeing the transition from an absolute monarchy to a federal republic and creating a new constitution for Nepal.
- The three major parties within the assembly: Maoists, Nepal Congress, and the CPN(UML).
- 191 members (33%) out of the 575 are women, a record high in any Nepali political institution
- 35 year old Sunil Pant, founder of the Blue Diamond Society, becomes the first openly gay politician to serve in the Nepali parliament.
- Pant's party, CPN-U, split from the third largest party in the assembly, the CPN(UML). Perhaps CPN-U picked up it's pro-LGBT tendencies from it's mother party?
- With 26 seats still open, there's room for more women and more people who identify as LGBT. We'll keep our fingers crossed.
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