In his first week on the job Khil Raj Regmi is systematically ticking off his main agenda items in order of priority:
Form a cabinet of technocrats
Fill headless constitutional bodies, most importantly the Election Commission
Amend constitutional provisions for elections
Get disgruntled small parties to row in the same direction.
But the first test of whether Chairman Regmi can stand up to the Big Four will be if he agrees to Lok Man Singh Karki’s CIAA candidacy. If Karki is appointed, it will confirm the worst suspicions that the cabinet is a rubber stamp body.