World Politics Review: Ethnic Tensions Rise in Nepal Ahead of Long-Awaited Local Elections

April 6, 2017 — World Politics Review quotes The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Nepal George Varughese

The polls could also create a political environment that is accountable to the people. Since Maoists and political parties inked a peace agreement in 2006 and ousted the monarchy in 2008, Nepali politics has been marked by instability, personal benefit and lethargy. “Local elections hold the promise of halting the downward spiral of regressive political behavior and perhaps even reversing it,” says George Varughese, the Nepal country representative for the Asia Foundation. “They have the potential of bringing the hope back that politics can be virtuous.”

Related locations: Nepal
Related programs: Elections