News Digest – Democracy & Governance (January 7 – January 13, 2021)

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Democracy and Politics Nepal Communist Party (NCP) & the House Dissolution: Subash Nembang, ex-House Speaker who played a vital role during the making of the 2015 constitution, came under heavy criticism for staying silent on the issue of parliamentary dissolution after an old video of him claiming the unconstitutionality of …

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News Digest – Democracy & Governance (December 31, 2020 – January 6, 2021)

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Politics Nepal Communist Party (NCP) & Parliamentary Dissolution: Although constitution makers and experts iterate that the constitution was drafted after a lot of discussions and dialogues and that the prime minister has no right to dissolve the parliament, PM Oli continues to claim that it is his “special” right to …

Time to rewrite the constitution

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“It is time to move beyond the idea of political stability to the idea of constitutional stability.“ Prime Minister KP Oli’s move to dissolve Parliament has unleashed a phase of political uncertainty which could devour more than the legislative body. Oli’s political endgame is not clear; it has brought into …

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News Digest – Democracy & Governance (December 24 – December 30, 2020)

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Democracy and Politics Nepal Communist Party & the Parliamentary Dissolution : In a television interview, PM Oli has signaled that he will dissolve even the provincial assemblies if motions of no confidence are filed against the chief ministers in the provinces. The two factions of the NCP have adopted their …

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News Digest – Democracy & Governance (December 17 – December 23, 2020)

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Domestic Politics The Constitutional Council Ordinance Nepal Communist Party (NCP): In the December 16 Standing Committee meeting, PM Oli agreed to revoke the ordinance about Constitutional Council, which he had introduced unilaterally inviting severe criticism. In the same meeting, PM Oli hinted at making deputy-chairman Bamdev Gautam the next prime …

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A Coup against the Constitution

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When the Nepal Communist Party–Unified Marxist Leninist (NCP–UML) and NCP–Maoist Centre (NCP–MC) officially merged in May 2018 after an initial electoral alliance and a massive success, Nepal’s political future felt promising. With an almost two-thirds majority in the federal parliament, the NCP had made the strongest government in decades. The …

News Digest – Democracy & Governance (December 10 – December 16, 2020)

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Democracy Nepal Communist Party (NCP): PM Oli called an all-party meeting on December 9 to discuss “contemporary national political issues,” such as the ongoing pro-monarchy demonstrations. However, Oli’s attempt to gather support during a NCP’s crisis rather resulted in a bitter criticism of the government’s performance and Oli’s autocracy. In …

News Digest – Democracy & Governance (December 3 – December 9, 2020)

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Democracy (Internal Politics) Nepal Communist Party (NCP): In the recent turn of events, PM Oli brought up the pending issue of Transitional Justice, arguable only as “a ploy to threaten his opponent”—Pushpa Kamal Dahal. While PM Oli continues to threaten that he will not accept a majority decision, reports about …

The Never-Ending Tussle for Power

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November Analysis The Nepal Communist Party (NCP) boasts a historic majority in the parliament. On the other hand, the oppositions, Nepali Congress (NC) and Janata Samajwadi Party-Nepal (JSPN), are embroiled in intra-party struggle, factional politics, and leadership management. Against the backdrop of its strong numeric might and the opposition’s meek …

China’s Engagements in Nepal

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November Analysis Chinese State Councilor and Defence Minister Wei Fenghe made a short visit to Nepal on Sunday November 29. There were discussions about whether Chinese Defense Minister’s visit to Nepal was a counter to increased Indian diplomatic initiatives or a regular scheduled visit. Reports in Nepali and Indian media …