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Political stability will be elusive in Nepal

Monday, July 19, 2021

Significance

He was appointed premier by President Bidya Devi Bhandari on July 13 in line with an order issued by the Supreme Court, which overturned Bhandari’s May move to dissolve parliament and call early elections. Bhandari took that step after deeming that neither Deuba nor the premier at the time, KP Oli, had the support of a majority of MPs.

Impacts

  • Further political wrangling could distract Nepal from speeding up its COVID-19 vaccine roll-out.
  • Oli’s party will likely split formally, as its factional divide now appears intractable.
  • India and China will each claim to be avoiding interference in Nepal’s internal matters, but Delhi will be happier with Deuba in power.
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