News Digest Domestic Politics and Governance (September 16 – 22, 2021)


Government spending was halted on September 15 at midnight since a replacement bill for budget ordinance didn’t get through Parliament after main opposition CPN-UML obstructed parliament, protesting against Speaker Agni Sapkota’s refusal to expel 14 lawmakers.

Members participating in the meeting of the National Assembly held at the Federal Parliament Building, New Baneshwor. Photo: RSS

At least 12 ordinances, including the Covid-19 Crisis Management Ordinance 2020 and Acid and Other Fatal Chemicals (Regulation) Ordinance 2020, were made ineffective from September 16 as they didn’t get parliamentary approval before the constitutional deadline.

Cases were filed against Agni Sapkota and the Election Commission by CPN-UML chair KP Sharma Oli regarding Sapkota’s refusal to expel 14 lawmakers, but  on September 21, the Supreme Court refused to issue an interim order against those charged.

Bhairab Sundar Shrestha, a UML member, spoke on behalf of his party during a National Assembly session commenced by Ganesh Timilsina, demanding that Speaker Agni Sapkota resign for not expelling 14 lawmakers from the Parliament.

On September 22, Nepali Congress leader Narayan Khadka was administered the oath of office and secrecy and sworn in as Foreign Minister by President Bidya Devi Bhandari. Khadka heads the Nepali Congress party’s Foreign Affairs Department.

On September 21, the Sher Bahadur Deuba government cancelled 12 ambassadorial appointments appointed by the KP Oli government under political quotas, leaving 23 out of Nepal’s 33 diplomatic missions abroad vacant.

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