American Diplomatic Cable: Fear of Royal Coup when Nepal Was About to Limit King’s Power in 2006

2006-05-18 11:49 C O N F I D E N T I A L KATHMANDU 001267 SIPDIS SIPDIS E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/18/2016 TAGS: PGOV PTER MASS NP SUBJECT: POWER PLAY TO WATER DOWN PROCLAMATION FAILS REF: A. KATHMANDU 1262 ¶B. NEW DELHI 3433 Classified By: Ambassador James F. Moriarty, Reasons, 1.4 (b/d). Summary ——- ¶1.Continue reading “American Diplomatic Cable: Fear of Royal Coup when Nepal Was About to Limit King’s Power in 2006”

Nepal Army Senior Officers Corrupt: Indian Ambassador to American Officials

In a meeting with American officials on 11 March, 2006 in Kathmandu the then Indian Ambassador to Nepal Shiv Shankar Mukherjee had asserted that corruption in the then Royal Nepal Army (now Nepal Army) was high and the senior commanders were “content to acquire arms on the black or gray market” because that was profitableContinue reading “Nepal Army Senior Officers Corrupt: Indian Ambassador to American Officials”

Maoist Infighting Update

Standing Committee meet ends; Baidya demands Central Committee meet SEP 03 – The UCPN (Maoist) Standing Committee meeting held at the party headquarters in Paris Dada, Kathmandu concluded on Saturday (today) after party Vice Chairman Mohan Baidya demanded the party Central Committee meeting. The meeting was said to iron out the internal differences surfaced after theContinue reading “Maoist Infighting Update”

Constituent Assembly Gives itself Another Three Months

For the record: The Legislature-parliament (which is the non-constituent making part of the Constituent Assembly that also works as parliament) today extended the term of the CA by another three months. This extension comes a day after Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai was elected the 35th Prime Minister of Nepal. But these two developments are unrelated.Continue reading “Constituent Assembly Gives itself Another Three Months”

Everything You Wanted to Know about Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai (and his Mustang Car)

The impression: Nepali people have rarely been so optimistic about the Prime Minister as they are with Baburam Bhattarai and it’s a rare sight when Nepalis across the political spectrum (especially those who are considered general population- students, youths, activists) express satisfaction, relief, even happiness, over the election of a person to the post ofContinue reading “Everything You Wanted to Know about Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai (and his Mustang Car)”

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”