Who is Serious About Holding Elections?

Prospects of election continue to dominate the national discourse in Nepal but the key question is: are political parties serious about facing ballot boxes? By Siromani Dhungana UWB The political arena hasn’t changed since May last year when the then Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and his party UCPN Maoist and their power-hungry Madhesi collaborators let the Constituent Assembly die without draftingContinue reading “Who is Serious About Holding Elections?”

To Hold Democratic Elections, Supreme Court Chief Justice Becomes Prime Minister in Nepal

WHAT- Nepal got a new Prime Minister today. President Ram Baran Yadav appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi as the Chairman of the Interim Electoral Council of Ministers (basically the Prime Minister) of Nepal. Dr. Yadav also administered the oath of office and secrecy to Regmi this morning. Regmi became the PM because Nepal’s top political parties, at warContinue reading “To Hold Democratic Elections, Supreme Court Chief Justice Becomes Prime Minister in 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”

Could This be Baburam’s Katwal Moment? Nepal Army Against Bulk Recruitment of Madhesis

The Nepal Army is dissatisfied with Tuesday’s (20 Dec) Cabinet decision (see below) to recruit 3,000 youths from the Madhesi and other minority communities. It plans to register its reservations with the government after receiving a formal order from the Ministry of Defence. Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai invited Chief of Army Staff General Chhatra Man Singh GurungContinue reading “Could This be Baburam’s Katwal Moment? Nepal Army Against Bulk Recruitment of Madhesis”

Constituent Assembly Term Extended Yet Again. This Time For Six Months.

The Legislature-Parliament avatar of the Constituent Assembly today endorsed the bill seeking to extend the term of the CA by six more months. This is the fourth extension of the CA term. Like it was in August when the CA was extended for three months, this time too there was not much drama (inside theContinue reading “Constituent Assembly Term Extended Yet Again. This Time For Six Months.”

Bijay Gachhedar, the Corrupt Home Minister, Kicks out a Competent Home Secretary from the Ministry

By Kiran Chapagain in Republica Cartoon by Rajesh KC  The bad news is that despite Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai’s own assurances that the government secretaries would not be transferred within the first month of his entering Baluwatar just to appease any individual or group, the cabinet meeting on Friday (yesterday) transferred Home Secretary Leela ManiContinue reading “Bijay Gachhedar, the Corrupt Home Minister, Kicks out a Competent Home Secretary from the Ministry”

American Diplomatic Cable: Girija Prasad Koirala and Prachanda Meet in Singapore

Prachanda did not trust his son Prakash 2009-12-01 12:07 S E C R E T KATHMANDU 001094 SIPDIS NOFORN E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/30/2019 TAGS: PGOV PREL PINR IN NP SN CH SUBJECT: NEPAL: PRACHANDA MEETS KOIRALA, INDIANS, CHINESE IN SINGAPORE REF: KATHMANDU 1090 Classified By: Charge d’Affaires, a.i., Randy W. Berry. Reasons 1.4 (b/ d).Continue reading “American Diplomatic Cable: Girija Prasad Koirala and Prachanda Meet in Singapore”