Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Nepal: The last Opportunity for Peace and Stability

No party has managed to win majority in the recently held Constituent Assembly election in Nepal. The Nepali Congress got 196 seats and it fell well short of obtaining 302 seats for a simple majority. So, it will be a hung parliament and political negotiation has already started. As an observer of Nepal for the last one and half decade, I can easily predict that there is little hope for peace and stability.

Jhalanath Khanal-led CPN (UML) won 175 seats, followed by Prachanda's UCPN-Maoist with 80 seats in the November 19 vote to elect the 601-member Constituent Assembly.
The NC has gained 91 PR seats, followed by the CPN (UML) with 84, UCPN-M with 54 and Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N) with 24 seats.

Sadly, Nepalese people are deeply divided and there is really no hope for any unity among the political leaders. So, I don’t see any hope for peace in the country. On the other hand, this time, the people have voted against the Maoists. This indicates that people do not like extremism. 

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