25 June, 2021

Crisis After Crisis

With Deuba's fall, the search for a stable government goes on

Crisis After Crisis

ON March 6, Nepal's three-party coalition collapsed after dragging on precariously for 17 months. And surprisingly, it was not the Opposition but his own party, the Nepal Congress (NC), that brought about Prime Minister Sher Baha-dur Deuba's downfall. The irony is that he needn't even have taken the confidence vote. Two disgruntled NC partymen—Chakra Bahadur Shahi and Deepak Jung Shah—abstained from the crucial vote of confidence to leave Deuba two votes short of the 103 mark required to win the vote in the 205-seat House of Representatives.

The country's search for a stable government continues with King Birendra's acceptance of the Prime Minister's resignation. Various possibilities are being explored by all three major political parties: the NC, its coalition partner Rashtriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) and the main Opposition party, the CPN (UML)—the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist).

Theoretically the 88-seat NC can cobble together another combine with its current coalition partner RPP, and seek a fresh...

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