Elections 2013: Challenges Ahead for Nepal

The government has finally announced dates for the CA polls (19 November). This has raised hopes of Nepal getting a new elected body. Not yet time to celebrate hoping that Nepal will have a government that is accountable to people and its acts transparent. Similarly, there will not be a competition among political parties based on issuesContinue reading “Elections 2013: Challenges Ahead for Nepal”

Nepali Politics is a Game of Corrupt Rulers versus Incompetent Opposition

It’s very simple to understand current Nepali politics. It’s a game between two blocks. One is incompetent and the other is extremely corrupt. Yes, the ruling leaders are cunning, corrupt, and hell bent on extending their tenure at the cost of national consensus. What about the opposition leaders? Are they serious and capable to endContinue reading “Nepali Politics is a Game of Corrupt Rulers versus Incompetent Opposition”

American Diplomatic Cable: How Indian Pressure on Girija Prasad Koirala Saved the Sher Bahadur Deuba Government in 2002

2002-04-18 10:39 C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 KATHMANDU 000768 Classified By: AMB. MICHAEL E. MALINOWSKI. REASON: 1.5 (B,D). ———- SUMMARY ———– ¶1. (C) Ongoing attempts by former Prime Minister and Nepali Congress Party President Girija Prasad Koirala to topple the current Prime Minister, SherContinue reading “American Diplomatic Cable: How Indian Pressure on Girija Prasad Koirala Saved the Sher Bahadur Deuba Government in 2002”

American Diplomatic Cable: Girija Prasad Koirala and American Ambassador Moriarty

2006-05-09 C O N F I D E N T I A L KATHMANDU 001195 SIPDIS NOFORN SIPDIS E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/10/2016 TAGS: PGOV PTER PREL MASS PINR IN NP SUBJECT: PRIME MINISTER KOIRALA ON THE WAY AHEAD REF: A. KATHMANDU 1191 ¶B. NEW DELHI 3048 Classified By: Ambassador James F. Moriarty, Reasons, 1.4 (b/d).Continue reading “American Diplomatic Cable: Girija Prasad Koirala and American Ambassador Moriarty”

Baburam Bhattarai Elected the Prime Minister of Nepal

Maoist leader Dr. Baburam Bhattarai has been elected the new, 35th, Prime Minister of Nepal. The speaker of the Constituent Assembly, Subash Chandra Nembang, declared him the winner in an election that saw Ramchandra Poudel challenging Bhattarai. Dr. Bhattarai is the vice-chairman of the party and was the finance minister in the Maoist Chairman Prachanda-led government twoContinue reading “Baburam Bhattarai Elected the Prime Minister of Nepal”

Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal Tenders Resignation

Update on 28 Aug: Just to let you all know that the election for the new prime minister is underway in the Constituent Assembly as we type this update: By Ritu Raj Subedi/Ram Prasad Dahal PM quits after failing to make ‘breakthrough’ in his six and half months tenure. Kathmandu: Prime Minister Jhala Nath KhanalContinue reading “Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal Tenders Resignation”

Sushil Koirala at the Helm of Nepali Congres: The Road Ahead

What does the strong showing of Sushil Koirala panel mean for the Nepali Congress and the broader national politics? By Akhilesh Upadhyay The much delayed Nepali Congress General Convention is finally done with. For now, the battle for succession is over. It is another Koirala. Acting President Sushil Koirala, 71, has consolidated his hold onContinue reading “Sushil Koirala at the Helm of Nepali Congres: The Road Ahead”