Mu­si­cal Chairs

Nine prime min­is­ters in ten years in not very good news for a nascent democ­racy. Is Nepal on the right track?

Southasia - - CONTENTS - By Saira Owais Adil

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

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