On May 18, 2006, Nepal was declared a secular state by the Interim Parliament of Nepal. On December 28, 2007, the interim parliament passed a bill and declared Nepal to be a federal democratic republic. The current king, Gyanendra, will be the last king of Nepal if the present ruling parties win the scheduled April 2008 Nepalese Constituent Assembly election.
Nepal is declared a republic by its newly elected government, and King Gyanendra ends his reign as the last of a 240-year-old monarchy
Eight of the world's ten highest mountains, including Mount Everest, are in Nepal.
Motto: जननी जन्मभूमिष्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी (Sanskrit)
"Mother and motherland are dearer than the heavens"
Anthem: Sayaun Thunga Phool Ka
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