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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Public reaction: Unstable politics condition Nepal

Posted by Anup Baral August 3rd, 2016 :
CPN Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal registered his nomination for the prime ministerial election on Tuesday. Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba proposed Dahal as the candidate for new Prime Minister, while CPN Maoist Centre leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara seconded Deuba. Three Madhesi leaders — Upendra Yadav of Social Forum-Nepal, Sarvendra Nath Shukla of Tarai Madhesh Democratic Party and Laxman Lal Karna of Sadbhawana Party — have supported Dahal’s candidacy along with lawmakers Jayadev Joshi, Chandeshwar Jha and Kumar Khadka. Meanwhile, the CPN-UML has decided not to field any candidate in the prime ministerial election but vote against Dahal. The party of outgoing Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli decided to remain as the main opposition party. After the deadline to choose new Prime Minister through consensus ended on Sunday, President Bidya Devi Bhandari asked the Parliament to hold election to form majoritarian government as per the constitutional provision.

Speaker Onsari Gharti on Monday has called a meeting of the Parliament for 11 am on Wednesday to elect the new Prime Minister. One of the key constituents in the KP Sharma Oli-led coalition, Dahal’s party Maoist Centre had joined forces with the main Nepali Congress to bring down the incumbent government. They moved a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Oli, which forced him to put in papers. Top leaders of Maoist Centre and Nepali Congress have apparently made an agreement that Dahal would serve as the Prime Minister for some months before handing over handing over power to Deuba.

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