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Mistrust will be endemic in Nepali politics

Wednesday, June 2, 2021


Bhandari acted after deciding that neither Prime Minister KP Oli nor opposition leader SB Deuba had the support of a majority of MPs, even though each claimed he did. Oli was reappointed premier on May 13 despite losing a May 10 vote of confidence.


  • The political imbroglio will hinder Nepal’s ability to manage its surge in COVID-19 cases.
  • India and China, which vie for influence over Nepal, will hedge their bets by tacitly reaching out to all sides in the crisis.
  • Chronic government instability will dissuade prospective investors from doing business in Nepal.

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