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Why Nepal’s constitutional stalemate is causing a ’policy paralysis’

Nepal struggle to forge consensus on a new constitution

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As political parties in Nepal struggle to forge consensus on a new constitution, the government's attention is diverted away from key policies; a situation likely to increase instability, analyst Alison Evans tells DW.

Following the abolition of the Nepalese monarchy in 2008, the country elected a Constituent Assembly (CA), with the Maoists' political party, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal–Maoist (UCPN-M), winning a majority of the seats. However, the CA was dissolved four years later, mainly because of its inability to reach a consensus.

In the November 2013 elections, the more conservative Nepali Congress (NC) and the Communist Party of Nepal–United Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) overshadowed the UCPN-M and formed a coalition, temporarily alleviating the political deadlock in the Himalayan nation. However, the new CA has also been struggling to draft a new constitution.

In a DW interview, Alison Evans, Senior Asia Analyst at IHS, talks about the major issues of contention within the current CA, and explains how the body's apparent failure to finish a new constitution is leading to key policies being delayed in parliament and, subsequently to a policy paralysis.

DW: How has the political situation in Nepal evolved since the past elections in November 2013?

Alison Evans: Nepal's political scene has been dominated by the issue of drafting a new constitution since 2008. Yet, the political landscape remains fragmented and the parties have missed every deadline – including the third extension of the final deadline – for agreement on a draft constitution before January 22, 2015 for promulgation.


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