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Deuba’s fall from grace

The way the impeachment motion was registered against Chief Justice Sushila Karki, and the charges levelled against her, show how ridiculous those in power can become.

Maoists reject CA term extension

A day before the term of the Constituent Assembly expires, and despite the hope of the government, the Maoists  have refused to extend its term until their conditions are met. “We will not vote for the extension unless peace and constitution are ensured,” Maoist spokesperson Dina Nath Sharma said after the party’s standing committee meeting […]

Unity issues

It took a whole day for CPN-UML leaders to start bickering again. Despite a decision to put a united front on Thursday, the rift in the party displayed itself again in the CA. From Republica: The ruling Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) has for the second time withdrawn its official proposal for state restructuring […]

Rift in Nepali Congress

A High Level Political Mechanism meeting, scheduled to discuss the functioning of the current government, ended inconclusively on Monday. A few interesting details emerged afterwards, as leaders of various parties spoke to the press. From The Himalayan Times: Nepali Congress has expressed its willingness to lead a new government during Monday’s High Level Political Mechanism (HLPM) […]

Constitution first, federalism later

CPN-UML has directed its party’s CA members to ask for a State Restructuring Commission in the CA, indicating that the new constitution may be written before the finalising the details of federalism. The Himalyan Times writes: “Restructuring the state is a very complex issue,” [UML president Jhal Nath] Khanal said, “We can also suggest leaving […]

Banda called off

An update: The Maoist party has agreed to withdraw the indefinite strike supposed to have begun on Sunday. The High Level Political Mechanism meeting on Tuesday had urged the Maoist leaders to withdraw the banda. Maoist leaders are expected to make an official statement about the withdrawal later today.

Carrots and sticks

Nepal and India will review the controversial 1950 bilateral treaty, it was announced at the end of Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna’s three-day long visit to Nepal on Sunday. In a joint statement, the two countries said they had directed their foreign ministries to review the treaty in order to strengthen bilateral relations. Kantipur […]