Nepal awoke to the tragic news early morning on Tuesday, as the sudden demise of Subash Chandra Nembang sent shockwaves through the nation's political landscape. At the age of 70, Nembang, the chairman of the Constituent Assembly and vice chairman of the main opposition party, CPN-UML, succumbed to a heart attack at his private residence in Baluwatar, marking the end of an era in Nepali politics.

The history of Nepali politics and constitution is both complex and fascinating, spanning over 80 years. It can be traced back to the Rana oligarchy, which was eventually overthrown by a political movement. King Tribhuvan Bir Bikram Shah and his successor Mahendra ruled for approximately eight years, followed by BP Koirala, the first prime minister elected by the people, who served for three years.

Paush 1 and Nepali Politics

December 17, 2022 07:00 am

It was Paush 1 yesterday, a ‘Black Day’ in Nepal’s political history. On this day, 62 years ago, the then King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah staged a coup, overthrowing Nepal’s first democratically-elected government led by the charismatic, popular leader BP Koirala who was arrested and jailed immediately after the royal move.

Debunking the false Nepal narrative

March 24, 2021 20:50 pm

Dissolution of Parliament in December, 2020 was the consequence of a series of ill-conceived ploys by three restless former prime ministers to sabotage, oust, and bring the curtain down on the political career of the incumbent.

How will corrupt system of political governance, devoid of meritocracy and efficiency, deliver public service in honesty and free us from anarchy of political cartel?

Local actors matter most

February 27, 2021 07:00 am

The mayors and other locally elected officials are going to make the difference in Nepal’s politics.

KATHMANDU, Dec 30: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who is also the chairperson of a faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, accused Pushpa Kamal Dahal of breaching various agreements reached between them on multiple occasions to keep the party unity intact.

KATHMANDU, Dec 24:  A central committee meeting of the Oli-led faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has decided to curtail the executive rights granted to Executive Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: The two rival factions of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), which suffered a split recently, are holding parallel central committee meetings on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: China has no preference about who the ruling party is, but only hopes that Nepal has a stable government, a Chinese scholar has said.

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: As the final preparation to announce formal split of the party, rival factions led by KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal of the ruling Nepal Communist Party are holding separate central committee meetings in Kathmandu on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, Dec 21: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that he was forced to take the decision to dissolve parliament after conspiracies were made against his government and it was not allowed to function properly.

KATHMANDU, Dec 21: A day after the Standing Committee meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) decided to take disciplinary action against the party’s chairperson KP Sharma Oli for his act of dissolving the House of Representatives and announcing midterm elections, the party informed the Election Commission (EC) about the same on Monday.

KATHMANDU, Dec 21: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is set to address the nation on Monday afternoon, one of his aides said.

KATHMANDU, Dec 21: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Monday said that he was forced to dissolve parliament and announce mid-term elections after he learnt about a plan to file a vote of no-confidence against him and impeach President Bidya Devi Bhandari through parliament.

KATHMANDU, Dec 21: Prime minister and chairperson of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) KP Sharma Oli held a gathering of his party’s lawmakers of the dissolved House of Representatives who are close to him.

KATHMANDU, Dec 20: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has decided to recommend to President Bidya Devi Bhandari to dissolve parliament.

Nepal saw a synonymous voice of nationalism in parliament on 13th June, 2020. Parliament amended the constitution for the new coat of arms consisting Nepal’s new map. Madhesi leaders showed a transformation from regional nationalism toward mainstream nationalism. This blog elaborates on the possible reasons behind the shift in the madhes-based political parties.

KATHMANDU, May 4: Ever since Bam Dev Gautam,the vice-chairperson of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), lost his parliamentary race to the Nepali Congress candidate Sanjaya Gautam in December 10, 2017 in the House of Representatives in Bardiya-1, he has repeatedly expressed a desire to rejoin the parliament and become prime minister of the country.

KATHMANDU, April 29: The ruling Nepal Communist Party’s disputes surfaced after Prime Minister K P Oli introduced a controversial ordinance to facilitate the split of the Socialist Party led by Upendra Yadav. This episode has now reached its climax, as rival factions seek to oust Oli from power.

KATHMANDU, March 11: The Kamal Thapa-led Rastriya Prajantantra Party and Pashupati Samsher Rana-led Rastriya Prajatantra Party (United) formally announced their merger on Tuesday.

Badge of honor

February 21, 2020 10:37 am

During the Panchey days, it was a badge of honor for our netas of today to be in prison for being courageous enough to fight against the system. They did suffer a lot and were always in danger of being killed by the state. Today, the story is different. We, the people, cannot speak against the same honest netas of yesterday who are now corrupt savages. Instead, when our courts send our netas to prison, our cadres go crazy as if we were sending an honest and respectable person to prison. And when our netas are released, our cadres go crazy once again as if one of our own had gone to mars and have come back home as a hero.

How to judge Oli government?

February 18, 2020 09:13 am

The longest serving and a stable government post-2008 has failed where it should have succeeded and succeeded where it should have failed

KATHMANDU, Feb 4: Ahead of the 2017 parliamentary elections, Bamdev Gautam was in the political limelight for his efforts to get the then two communist parties-CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist)—to merge into one to counter the Nepali Congress.

Nepal-UK relations go back to centuries and the UK remains Nepal’s one of the largest donors and development partners. At the same time, the British Gurkhas have often expressed grievances against the UK government over pension issue. Why does the issue remain unresolved? How will the UK support Nepal in its federalization process and Visit Nepal 2020? How is the UK watching Nepali politics, including the issue of transitional justice process? Nicola Pollitt, British Ambassador to Nepal, shared her perspectives with Republica’s Subhash Ghimire and Mahabir Paudyal on a range of issues.

KATHMANDU, Jan 23: Former minister and senior leader of Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Democratic (RPP-D) Sunil Thapa has expressed concerns that the future of liberal democracy is under grave threat.

House set to get new speaker Sunday

January 21, 2020 07:38 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: Nearly four months after the resignation of Krishna Bahadur Mahara from the House speaker, parliament decided to hold the election for new speaker on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: A writ petition was filed at the Supreme Court on Wednesday challenging the recently promulgated Advertisement Regulation Act that goes against the spirit of the Constitution.

What went wrong?

October 27, 2019 01:00 am

Everything might look honky dory from outside, but several challenges stare Nepali politics at the moment, some of them with roots in happenings of a decade back. The first is Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed on November, 2016 between the government and warring Maoist. It was probably the first agreement of its kind in the world in which the agreement was signed more with the partners in peace than between the parties in conflict. Parties in conflict at the time were royal palace and Maoists. Agreement should have been between the two. Instead, agreement was signed between the Maoist and the parties which together were in anti-monarchy movement. Nowhere else are agreements signed between the partners in peace. This makes the peace accord fundamentally flawed.

KATHMANDU, Aug 19: Senior leader of ruling Nepal Communist Party Madhav Kumar Nepal is preparing to present a ‘note of dissent’ citing that the minute of recent secretariat meeting of the party failed to properly incorporate policy-related issues.