News Digest – Democracy & Governance (October 15-21)

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Democracy Nepal Communist Party (NCP): In the most recent cabinet reshuffle, Ishwor Pokharel was stripped off of Defense Ministry, whereas Bishnu Poudel was handed the Finance Ministry. Oli’s confidence in Pokharel seems to have declined because of his involvement in the Omni scandal, irregularity in military procurement of medical supplies, …

Puppeteering

News Digest – Democracy & Governance (October 1 – 7)

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Democracy Nepal Communist Party (NCP): NCP leaders, including Madhav Nepal, claim that Oli has gone back to making decisions unilaterally, which puts the party’s current truce at a risk. Despite a series of negotiations between PM Oli and NCP chief Dahal, no agreement has been reached about the cabinet reshuffle; …

Democracy under threat

News Digest – Democracy & Governance September 24 – 30

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Democracy Nepal Communist Party (NCP): Responding to the writ filed against Bamdev Gautam’s appointment to the National Assembly (NA), the Supreme Court ordered a temporary ban on offering Gautam any further constitutional responsibility; the SC order temporarily ‘blocks Bamdev Gautam’s way to Cabinet.” In a cabinet meeting on September 25, …

News Digest: September 17-23, 2020

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Domestic Politics & Governance Domestic Politics Nepal Communist Party (NCP): PM Oli’s decision to appoint Yuvaraj Khatiwada as his special economic advisor is likely to invite serious conflict within the party and confusion among bureaucrats, officials, and ministers, for Khatiwada has been speculated to be the de-facto finance minister of …

Constitution amendment

News Digest (September 10-16, 2020)

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Democracy & Governance Domestic Politics Nepal Communist Party (NCP): According to the NCP’s agreement proposal, the two chairpersons will move ahead with their more refined roles; while PM Oli will continue as the country’s executive chief, Dahal will be the party’s executive head.[1] Despite leader Nepal’s disagreement, the chair persons …

Lockdown

News Digest (September 3-9, 2020)

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Domestic Politics Nepal Communist Party (NCP): As the infighting NCP seemed headed towards a peaceful resolution of its intra-party conflicts, leader Bamdev Gautam’s renewed interest in joining the National Assembly (NA) has invited fresh round of disagreement. The secretariat meeting scheduled to discuss the taskforce recommendation will likely mull over …