Testing times for the Janata Samajbadi Party, as a faction supporting Oli faces setback
Thakur-Mahato group’s ministers lost their jobs after Tuesday’s court order, but division in the party is so deep that a formal split looks like just a matter of time.
In a big blow to Oli, Supreme Court annuls appointments of 20 ministers
Interim order asserts government is a caretaker one and terms induction of new ministers earlier this month, after prime minister lost a confidence vote, unconstitutional.
Deuba eyes second term, consults supporters
Youth leaders claim party majority wants new leadership.
Bhandari, Oli defend House dissolution, Sapkota calls it unconstitutional
In their responses, the President claims her action cannot be tested by judiciary, prime minister argues court cannot give a prime minister and Speaker says both are wrong.
Political uncertainty puts Nepal’s federal process on a bumpy road
Confusion created by KP Sharma Oli in Kathmandu has percolated into the provinces and it endangers implementation of federalism, experts say.
A setback for Oli, as his aide is replaced by Congress leader in Gandaki
Nepali Congress’ Krishna Chandra Nepali takes over chief minister after Prithvi Subba Gurung lost confidence vote.
Congress at a crossroads— party must hold convention by September, but how
Nepali Congress has already exhausted provisions that allow the delaying of general convention, and it cannot push it any further. And there is a pandemic.
While he has yet to clarify his June 4 Cabinet expansion, Oli does it again
Seven more ministers appointed to curry favour with his supporters and an eye on the elections.
Experts say Speaker discussing House dissolution is undemocratic
The issue is sub judice in court but after holding meetings with former Speakers and lawyers, Sapkota has called a meeting today of the parties represented in the dissolved House.
With politics a preference in provinces, pandemic has become a non-issue
Chief ministers are so busy saving their chairs that they have failed to make the fight against the coronavirus, which is spreading fast in rural Nepal, their priority.
Raghubir Mahaseth as pick for deputy prime minister and foreign minister surprises many
His choice is for UML to gain influence in the Madhes and for his potential ability to procure Russian vaccines, observers say.
For Oli, power—not governance—is priority, as country fights virus wave
Thakur-Mahato faction joins government, inviting questions for themselves of being complicit with someone who they once opposed for his loathing for the Madhes.
Who Nepal’s political parties represent anyway
None seem to be concerned about the people hit by the virus, as they deal with crises of their own, paying little attention to their electorate.
Janata Samajbadi wants ordinance to split party before joining government
Thakur-Mahato faction wants a split fearing expulsion by a powerful Yadav-Bhattarai camp if Parliament is revived.
Bending constitutional provisions for government formation, the KP Oli way
Constitution drafters failed to foresee that prime minister elected under 76 (1) would dissolve the House after three years at the helm, as that article clearly ensures full term.
A watershed moment for Nepal’s communist movement as UML nears a split
The Madhav Nepal faction of the CPN-UML, the largest communist party in the country, decides to part ways with Oli, charging the chair with shenanigans.
Opposition alliance moves court against House dissolution
As many as 146 members from Congress, Maoist Centre, UML’s Nepal faction, Janata Samajbadi’s Yadav-Bhattarai faction and Janamorcha demand restoration of House.
Opposition alliance files petition at Supreme Court demanding House reinstatement
146 lawmakers, including 23 from the Madhav Nepal faction of the UML, have signed the petition, also demanding that Congress President Deuba be appointed prime minister.
Thakur-Mahato faction of Janata Samajbadi to join government
An observer of Madhes politics says the party will split if the faction joins the Oli Cabinet amid polarisation.
Nepal President under scrutiny for failing to abide by her constitutional duties
Bidya Devi Bhandari faces questions over her complicity with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in dissolving the House and declaring elections, a move that many say unconstitutional.