The great politicians of Nepal

Either Nepali politics is incredibly unscrupulous or it is a trailblazer, with some of the more sensitively democratic politicians chaperoning a post-conflict society. Take the case of the elections for the prime minister, which is hanging fire as Himal Southasian goes to press.

First, the background. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ('Prachanda') resigned on 4 May 2009, when President Ram Baran Yadav overruled his order firing the chief of the army staff of the Nepal Army, citing constitutional irregularity. Now, Madhav Kumar Nepal had lost in two constituencies to the Maoists in the elections of April 2008, but it was the Maoists who suggested to the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) – Madhav Nepal's party – that he be nominated to the Constituent Assembly because his skills in consensual politics would help in the writing of the constitution.

Loading content, please wait...
Himal Southasian