News digest: Domestic politics and governance (November 3 – 10, 2021)

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Nepal Bar Association and others are demanding the resignation of Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana as Chief justice claiming that he failed to lead the judiciary. More than 15 Supreme Court justices haven’t heard cases for the last nine days, except for cases related to habeas corpus.

CPN-UML leader and former Lumbini Chief Minister Shankar Pokharel has said that five judges, including Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana, should resign.

On November 8, a meeting of the ruling alliance decided to form a 11-member “coordination committee”, with two members each from Nepali Congress, Maoist Centre, CPN (Unified Socialist), Janata Samajbadi Party, and Rastriya Janamorcha.

Prime Minister Deuba has returned home after attending the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-26) in Glasgow, United Kingdom on November 3 and 4.

Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has held party conventions in 65 districts. Convention for Kathmandu is scheduled for November 29 to 30.

The Nepali Congress plans to hold the remaining ward conventions in the remaining 13 districts. Ward conventions started from September 6, but they are pending in 13 districts including 8 of Province No. 2.

Nepali Congress leader Gagan Thapa has said that the party will participate in the upcoming elections alone without coordination with other parties.

Four judges of the Supreme Court including Bam Kumar Shrestha, Prakash Kumar Dhungana, Kumar Regmi and Kumar Chudal heard the case of habeas corpus.

The 10th General Convention of the CPN (UML) is being held in Chitwan from 10 to 12 November. The CPN (UML) estimates to raise Rs 70 million, Rs. 2,000 will be collected from General Convention delegates and Rs. 3,000 from the Central Committee members.

Jhala Nath Khanal, a senior leader of the CPN-UML, has been given the responsibility of the head of the foreign department.

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