News and Analysis: Nepal
Jhalanath Khanal's election as prime minister of Nepal ends a seven-month political deadlock, yet disagreements within and between the three major parties promise to make the new government’s job extremely difficult.
On May 1, an estimated 600,000 supporters of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital for International Workers Day. The demonstrators demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and the creation of a "people's constitution.
On Dec. 22, well over 100 thousand people in Nepal's capital, Katmandu, attended the closing rally of a three-day general strike called by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). The strike shut down virtually all business, schools and public transportation.
According to a recent Unicef report, hunger in South Asia has reached a 40-year high. Four hundred million people are malnourished and hungry in South Asia—this is 100 million more people than two years ago who do not get enough to eat.
The country of Nepal is currently locked in a political crisis. The president has reversed an order of Prime Minister Prachanda to fire the head of the army, General Rookmangud Katawal. In response, Prachanda resigned from the government on May 4.
On Jan. 25, Nepalese Prime Minister Prachanda gave a national speech addressing the need to combat inequalities and injustices that linger on despite the defeat of the oppressive feudal monarchy. In the nationally televised address, Prachanda emphasized the importance of women’s rights.
Marking a momentous victory for the revolutionary struggle in Nepal, Prachanda, the long-time leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), has been sworn in as prime minister. Prachanda was elected overwhelmingly with nearly 80 percent of the vote from the Constituent Assembly, a body elected earlier this year to write a constitution for the country.
The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has won a landslide victory in the country’s first elections in nine years. An April 10 vote was held to determine the makeup of the Constituent Assembly, which will also serve as the new government.