National elections in Nepal

National elections in Nepal

22/08/17

Melanie Ullrich, Business and Policy Programme Manager

Nepal will hold a general election on 26 November to choose a new federal parliament, reports Times of India. The election timing is in line with the nation’s first republican constitution from 2015, which requires a new parliament to be in place before 21 January 2018.

The election will mark a personal triumph for Nepal’s prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. Nepal’s last monarch, King Gyanendra, sacked Deuba during his second term as prime minister in 2002 for failing to contain a Maoist insurgency. King Gyanendra restored Deuba to the position of prime minister in 2004 but removed him again in early 2005 and dissolved the government for three years. Since June 2017, Deuba again serves as prime minister of Nepal.

In the last decade, Nepal has seen ten leadership changes, having been coined “revolving door politics”.  Kunda Dixit, editor of the weekly Nepali Times, said Deuba’s history didn’t inspire a great deal of confidence. “He comes with a lot of baggage,” Dixit told Reuters. “Every time he was appointed or sacked as prime minister, he has left democracy in a crisis.”