Nine prime ministers in ten years in not very good news for a nascent democracy. Is Nepal on the right track?
The world is watching Nepal as it makes its next move.
Nepal’s present politics appear like a game of musical chairs, contested by the dominant political parties in quest of a lead role that could ensure their future in the country
The Maoist and Unified Marxist Communist Party as well as the Nepali Congress are the main political forces that vie for seats in the parliament; they are also criticized for greed of power. That was perhaps one of the reasons why K.P. Oli decided to step down.
He belongs to the Communist Party of Nepal and served only for nine months. Oli took charge on a “gentleman’s understanding” with the coalition partners that the premiership was to be rotated with the other partners every nine months. The rotation formula, however, did not work well and the Maoists, on not getting their due turn, withdrew support and instigated a no-confidence motion. Had Oli not resigned, there was a probability that he would lose the motion, leading to a disgrace removal.
Oli was Nepal’s eighth premier in the last 10 years. The instability he brought in was triggered by the turmoil in the system ever since the killing of the royal family in 2001. Nepal’s transformation to a federal republic in May 2008 brought to an end 240 years of royal rule. But this has not yet been welcomed as a strong notion as far as the country’s overall social and economic growth is concerned.
Some prominent reasons that led to the end of Oli’s regime: • Failure to honour the gentleman’s