Nepal's opposition cuts short crippling strike as constitution impasse drags on

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KATHMANDU, Nepal — Life has returned to normal in Nepal after an opposition alliance cut short a crippling general strike over an impasse about how to approve the Himalayan nation's constitution.

Schools and markets opened and vehicles returned to the streets on Wednesday, a day after police clashed with protesters on the first day of the strike.

A meeting of the opposition late Tuesday decided to cut short the three-day protest action, citing inconveniences to the public.

The alliance of 30 opposition parties is demanding a constitutional draft be passed by an agreement involving all political parties inside and outside parliament. The ruling coalition has been attempting to get the draft approved through a vote in parliament after negotiations with the opposition failed.

Nepal has been without a constitution since 2008.

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