Domestic politics & Governance

President’s Unconstitutional Move on the Citizenship Bill

The amendment Bill to the Citizenship Act 2006 was first passed by both the houses and was sent on 5 September 2022 to the President for authentication. The President then sent back the bill to the parliament with 15 different recommendations/ suggestions which was within the prerogative of the President. However, both the houses passed…

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China Pushes for Communist Coalition in the Upcoming Elections

Liu Jianchao, the head of the International Liaison Department of the Chinese Communist Party, visited Nepal on July 10. The four-day visit of the eight-member team marked the second high-profile visit from Beijing within the span of four months after the ratification of the US’s MCC pact by Nepal in February. Beijing had crossed diplomatic…

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Shrinkflation as the coping mechanism of companies regardless of consumer rights

An unfavorable economic context The world economy is undergoing the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine which both provoked a shock in demand and supply globally.  The annual growth rate of CPI in April 2022 amounted to 9.2% in OECD countries. Nepal’s economy was recovering from the effect of the earthquake…

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Nepal-China Relations at a Stalemate

Chinese investments in Nepal have steadily risen and China has become Nepal’s biggest investment partner in terms of commitment. China has plans to heavily invest in Nepal to enhance infrastructure connectivity and trade and investment, under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. However, Chinese actions contradict its commitments towards Nepal. Reports say that…

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News digest: Domestic Politics & Governance (January 27 to February 2, 2022)

During a consultation session with constitutional experts and Election Commission officials, government officials agreed to hold the local level elections before May 19, 2022. Inconsistencies between Section 55 of the Local Governance Act 2017 and provisions in the Constitution had led to confusions about fixing local level election dates. The ruling alliance had previously agreed…

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News Digest: Domestic Politics & Governance (January 20 – 26, 2022)

On January 23, the Deuba government consulted with legal and constitutional experts about the conflicting rules of the Local Governance Act and constitutional provisions about setting the date for upcoming local level elections. The meeting came to a conclusion after the Deuba government decided to amend the Act in order to align with constitutional provisions.…

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News Digest: Domestic Politics and Governance (January 13 – 19, 2022)

On January 18, the ruling alliance held a meeting in order to discuss elections. The Election Commission had proposed elections for April-May. The Commission’s laws on local elections and constitutional provisions had contradictory positions regarding local laws, and the meeting decided to give priority to the latter. CPN-UML criticized the Deuba government for not speaking…

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News Digest: Domestic Politics & Governance (January 6 – 12, 2022)

Sher Bahadur Deuba, on January 8 and 9, nominated 13 party leaders to the central committee. Most of them had lost contests for office bearer positions. On January 5, Shekhar Koirala held a meeting of his political camp, inviting Congress party’s senior party leaders. The agenda of the meeting was to chart out the camp’s…

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News Digest: Domestic Politics & Governance (December 16 – 22, 2021)

On December 17, CPN-UML Secretary General Shanker Pokhrel announced that Bhim Rawal, who lost to KP Oli in elections for party chair in the party’s 10th national congress, has been given a role as a member in the advisory committee of the party. On December 17, Nepali Congress declared the remaining five of the eight…

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October Analysis: Domestic Politics and Governance

As federal and provincial polls are nearby, the month of October saw some dramatic developments – Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP) quitted the ruling alliance to form an electoral alliance with the main opposition CPN UML while the Loktantrik Samajwadi Party (LSP) joined hands with the ruling coalition. Following this, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba sacked…

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September Analysis: Domestic Politics and Governance

Throughout the month of September, the five-party ruling alliance struggled to reach a consensus on seat sharing for the first-past-the-post (FPTP) polls for the upcoming federal and provincial elections. That aside, the upper house of the parliament followed the suit of the lower house in endorsing the Amendment Bill to the Citizenship Act 2006 without…

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July Analysis: Domestic Politics and Governance

The possibilities of realignment in the coalition for the upcoming federal and provincial elections made headlines throughout the month. The Nepali Congress has decided to forge an electoral coalition with the member parties of the ruling alliance, while communist parties of the ruling alliance have decided to form a “Socialist Center” and keep both the…

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Chinese Border Encroachment in Humla

As a small landlocked country sandwiched between two giants—India and China—Nepal’s sensitivity for territorial integrity and sovereignty stands out as particularly strong. Never formally colonized, Nepali people appear extra possessive towards their country’s natural heritages and historical richness and have a strong emotional attachment. Therefore, any sort of attack on Mt. Everest and Gautam Buddha,…

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Reversal of Democratic Thrust

The government is de-democratising the security sector and weakening democratic oversight of the security forces When Pushpa Kamal Dahal became the prime minister in 2008, the Maoists began to call for a new national security policy. While the idea of ‘national unity’ was designed to reconcile and control the Maoists’ former warring partners, the idea…

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