Constitutional Crisis in Nepal
Nepal is facing a constitutional crisis since 2008 which is hampering its transformation to democracy. Although an interim government is in place, the country is still facing uncertainty over the formulation of the Constituent Assembly. Lack of proper representation is delaying the passing of laws necessary to vote for the new assembly. This political crisis comes a year after the dissolution of the previous assembly as the party leaders have failed to agree upon a federal model.
Nepalese politicians fear that the new assembly will be more regressive, less inclusive, and more anti-federal. This raises concerns for a stable Nepal following years of indecisiveness on the part of party leaders to write a constitution.
If political representation is a serious issue, then women politicians are also demanding appropriate representation in the new assembly. Nepalese women politicians have called to discard the election process and launch a struggle movement if the parties reduce women’s participation below 33 percent. This will raise another crisis in Nepal which will take its toll on the country’s path to democracy.
Moreover, the size of the new assembly is also under debate as 601 members in the previous Constitu- ent Assembly was a burden on the country’s budget. This time, however, politicians have drafted a law that calls for reducing the number of members to 491.