Suspected Maoist rebels have killed a politician who was running for election in municipal polls in Nepal next week - the second such killing in recent days.
Tribeni Majhi of the pro-king Nepal Sadbhawana Party was shot by two men at his home Thursday night at Biratnagar in eastern Nepal. Police say he died Friday.
Majhi is the second candidate to be killed ahead of the February eighth municipal election.
A United Nations official has said the country's local elections will do little to stop the rights abuses inflicted on the Nepalese people.
Ian Martin, the head of the U.N. human rights office in Nepal, says the elections are providing the context for human rights violations by those opposed to the polls.