Posts By Sagar Prasai

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Can the UN Mission’s Exit Do Some Good for Nepal?

January 19, 2011

A general nervousness around the exit last week of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), which monitored Nepal’s struggling peace process since 2007, was evident in political commentaries as early as last November. Perhaps because political pundits expect more from politicians than most of us do, most commentators were hoping that Nepal’s political parties would defy their history of brinkmanship…

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Nepal’s Constituent Assembly Gets New Lease, But Politics Go Back to Square One

June 2, 2010

On May 28, 2010, three major political parties of Nepal, including the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), signed a three-point agreement pushing the deadline for promulgating a new constitution to May 28, 2011. Without that amendment, the Assembly’s constitutional tenure would have ended without having produced even a first draft of the new constitution, leaving […]

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Nepal: The Maoists are Gone but the Country Can’t do Without Them for Long

May 13, 2009

Just nine months after taking office, Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal (known as Prachanda) resigned on May 4, 2009, citing the president’s lack of cooperation on his efforts to establish “civilian supremacy” over the Nepali Army. The events that led to his resignation unfolded quickly and predictably. On April 20, the Maoist government asked […]

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In Nepal: The Constituent Assembly has Nowhere to Run and Not Much to Move

March 18, 2009

Think about the difficulties of writing a constitution for a country like Nepal. There are 103 ethnic groups, 17 officially recognized languages, and 19,000 former combatants still in cantonments. In the Constituent Assembly (CA), there are 25 political parties with no one in a clear majority, 601 members who disagree on most everything, 11 constitution […]

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In Nepal: Making Sense of a Maoist Win

May 7, 2008

When the first set of results started pouring in after the April 10 polls, it looked as if the Maoists were heading for a landslide victory. But when the counting came to an end, the Maoists ended up with 240 seats, or 39.9 percent of the Constituent Assembly, followed by the Nepali Congress (NC) at […]

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In Nepal: Holding Constituent Assembly Elections, Attempt #3

February 20, 2008

After canceling elections in June, and again in November 2007, the ruling coalition in Nepal is trying to assure the Nepali people that there will be a Constituent Assembly (CA) election on April 10, 2008. According to a recent poll, only 22 percent of Nepalis believe them. Although this election date is surrounded by as […]

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