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Geo answer

Today's Geo Quiz takes us to a new republic in Asia. We're looking for a country in South Asia that's roughly the same size as Iowa.

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Unlike Iowa, with its gently rolling plains, this country is full of big mountains. It's home to the soaring Himalayas -- and eight of the world's ten highest peaks. This is a place that was ruled by monarchs for nearly 240 years.

But change is in the air today.

King Gyanendra: Parliament voted to abolish the monarchyKing Gyanendra: Parliament voted to abolish the monarchyResidents of this country celebrated as a special assembly gathered to officially abolish the monarchy. They also declared a three-day public holiday to celebrate the country becoming a republic.

So can you name this Asian country that's ditching its king?

As promised, we're going straight to the answer to our Geo Quiz today.

And it is Nepal.

Today, a national assembly gathered there to officially vote Nepal's monarchy into the history books.

The BBC's Rabindra Mishra is in the capital Kathmandu.

He explains what happens next:

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