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First president of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Ram Baran Yadav takes the salute from the army during the Presidential swearing-in ceremony at the office of the President in Shital Niwas in Kathmandu on July 23, 2008. The first president of newly-republican Nepal was sworn into office but the country remained in political limbo, with the former Maoist rebels refusing to form a government under him. Ram Baran Yadav took his oath in Nepal’s new constitutional assembly, which had voted on May 28 to sack unpopular king Gyanendra and abolish the Himalayan country’s 240-year-old monarchy. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

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