More than half a century in the making: Nepal enshrines new constitution

Story highlights

  • Nepal tries to put decades of political strife behind it with the enshrinement of its new constitution
  • An overwhelming majority of its lawmaking body supports the document
  • Vocal minority groups say they were excluded from the process, and that the constitution will work against their interests

(CNN)Nepalis, shaken by two devastating earthquakes this year, and against a backdrop of more than half a century of political strife now have something major to cherish: the South Asian nation has put the world's newest constitution into effect.

As an editorial in one of the leading Nepali newspapers put it, "Nepalis are now truly sovereign citizens."

    What has changed?

      The Himalayan nation was never colonized and has always remained a sovereign state. So, what is new? "The previous constitutions were made at the ruler's disposal and overshadowed by the interests of the monarch