Grop­ing for Peace

There is an ur­gency in Nepal to speed­ily move to­wards the goals of pros­per­ity, progress and good gov­er­nance de­spite all the road­blocks of po­lit­i­cal mis­trust.

Southasia - - Region - By Shobhakar Bud­hathoki

Nepal’s po­lit­i­cal sce­nario still seems un­cer­tain and un­pre­dictable. Al­though the coun­try has fi­nally elected the Com­mu­nist Party of Nepal (UML) leader Jhala Nath Khanal as the 34th Prime Min­is­ter af­ter nearly seven months, po­lit­i­cal dead­locks still per­sist and the ex­ist­ing dis­trust among po­lit­i­cal ac­tors con­tin­ues. In com­par­i­son to the pe­riod of care­taker gov­ern­ment, pos­si­bil­i­ties of di­a­logue are in­creas­ing with the changed ac­tors – the pre­vi­ous rul­ing coali­tion part­ner, the Nepali Congress in op­po­si­tion and the United Com­mu­nist Party of Nepal (UCPN-Maoists) as the rul­ing part­ner in the gov­ern­ment. These changed dy­nam­ics fur­ther ease and com­pli­cate the sit­u­a­tion in terms of find­ing peace­ful so­lu­tions to dif­fer­ences to­wards build­ing con­sen­sus pol­i­tics. There­fore, the elected gov­ern­ment must be sin­cere and ac­tively en­gage with all stake­hold­ers to demon­strate it­self to the peo­ple as a func­tional gov­ern­ment that is a suc­cess­ful demo­cratic regime and has achieved the goals of the peace process along with the timely in­tro­duc­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion through the Con­stituent Assem­bly.

Af­ter the exit of the United Na­tions Mis­sion in Nepal (UN­MIN), the po­lit­i­cal sce­nario in the coun­try has sud­denly changed and the par­ties to the peace process, par­tic­u­larly the UCPN-Maoists have agreed to hand over the for­mer com­bat­ants and the UN mon­i­tored can­ton­ments to the spe­cial com­mit­tee headed by the Prime Min­is­ter. How­ever, the fu­ture of the for­mer com­bat­ants re­mains

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