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Cabinet controversy may hurt Nepal’s premier

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Significance

He distributed posts across his multi-party coalition. His appointment of party colleague Gajendra Hamal as industry minister aroused widespread controversy, with critics suggesting it was made on the recommendation of Hamal’s brother-in-law, Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana. Hamal resigned on October 10.

Impacts

  • Popular calls for Rana to step down will increase.
  • Regardless of whether Rana remains in post, concern will grow over the judiciary’s influence on Nepali politics.
  • Political instability will endure amid government infighting and clamour among opposition politicians for snap polls.
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