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Nepal’s Political Landscape Shifts as Maoist Centre-Nepali Congress Coalition Crumbles

The political landscape in Nepal witnessed a seismic shift as the coalition government between the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) and the Nepali Congress, led by Sheh Bahadur Deuba, collapsed. Former Finance Minister Surendra Pandey announced on Facebook that Prime Minister Pushpa Kumar Dahal would swear in a new council of ministers on Monday, ushering in a fresh coalition government.

The new coalition, dubbed the Left Alliance, will comprise four political parties: the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) under Prime Minister Pushpa Kumar Dahal’s leadership, the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), the Rastriya Swatantra Party, and the Janata Samajbadi Party.

Prime Minister Dahal, known for his political maneuvering, is set to retain his position, with ministers recommended by the coalition parties expected to join the new cabinet.

The collapse of the Maoist Centre-Nepali Congress coalition was precipitated by a dispute over the chairmanship of the National Assembly. The Maoist Centre’s decision to contest for the position sparked tensions with the Nepali Congress, leading to the dissolution of the fragile alliance.

Despite previous assurances from Prime Minister Dahal to support the Nepali Congress in the National Assembly chairmanship election, the Maoist Centre opted to field its candidate, exacerbating the rift between the two parties.

The upcoming election for the National Assembly Chairman, scheduled for March 12, has intensified political tensions, with parties vying for control over key positions in Nepal’s legislative bodies.

As Nepal navigates through this period of political turbulence, the realignment of alliances and the pursuit of power dynamics within the government underscore the challenges of maintaining stability in the Himalayan nation.

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