News Digest: Domestic Politics & Governance (December 9 – 15, 2021)

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Nepali congress started its 14th General Convention in Kathmandu on December 10. Currently there are four factions competing for power in Nepali Congress, led by Sher Bahadur Deuba, Bimalendra Nidhi, Ram Chandra Poudel, and Krishna Prasad Sitaula.

Four candidates contested for the post of party president post during Nepali Congress’ 14th General Convention, including Sher Bahadur Deuba, Shekhar Koirala, Bimalendra Nidhi, and Shekhar Koirala. Ram Chandra Poudel had decided to back out from the elections.

None of the five Nepali Congress candidates for party president could secure more than 50 percent of the total 4,679 votes cast. Sher Bahadur Deuba secured 2,258 votes while Shekhar Koirala secured 1,702 votes. A winning candidate for party president would require 2,340 votes.

The winter session of the federal parliament (bills session) started from December 14. CPN-UML is threatening to obstruct the parliament, hampering its functioning. At least 57 bills are pending in the two Houses–42 in the Lower and 15 in the Upper House.

The Nepal Bar Association (NBA) staged a sit-in demanding the resignation of Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana and the imposition of a round voting system in the high and district courts.

Lawyers of Siraha and Saptari District Courts demanded the resignation of Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Jabra and the imposition of a round voting system. According to the decision of the Province 2 Bar Association, Siraha and Saptari District Courts have been halted.

Incumbent Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) President Kamal Thapa, who was defeated at the recent general convention, sent a four-point letter to newly elected party president Rajendra Lingden. Thapa demanded an investigation into the interference of former King Gyanendra and Nirmal Niwas during the General Convention.

Speaker Agni Sapkota informed that the next meeting of the House of Representatives will be held on January 20. The main opposition party CPN-UML maintained obstruction in the first meeting of the 10th session of the House of Representatives.

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