IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Nepal

7th March - 13th March
  • Presidential election underway: Incumbent President Bidya Devi Bhandari is facing Nepali Congress leader Kumari Laxmi Rai for the post of the head of the state. The early prediction indicates President Bhandari will be re-elected with an overwhelming majority since her nomination is backed by the ruling left alliance, CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre), the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal and other fringe parties. Technically, a total of 334 members of the federal parliament, comprising 275 members of the House of Representatives, 59 of the National Assembly, and 550 members of Provincial Assemblies can vote in Tuesday’s election. But three nominees of the National Assembly will be out from the voting process because their appointments have been challenged at the Supreme Court. House of Representative member Resham Chaudhary, who is in police custody in connection to the 2015 Tikapur carnage, will not be voting as well. Ditto for Rajib Gurung aka Deepak Manange who has is on the run after he was convicted in an attempted murder case.
    (Khatmando Post: 13.3.2018)
28th February - 06th March
  • Pakistan PM’s visit to Nepal: The Pakistani Foreign Ministry said in a statement that PM Abbasi’s visit comes in line with his country’s pro-active efforts to engage with neighbours. The foreign ministries of Nepal and Pakistan officially announced the visit on Sunday. Diplomatic sources said the sole purpose of the visit was to take forward the stalled Saarc process, with Pakistan seeking to host the deferred summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation at the earliest in consultation with Nepal, the current chair of the regional grouping. According to the Pakistani statement, Abbasi will congratulate Nepal’s leadership on the successful conclusion of its democratic process, resulting in the formation of a new government. “Prime minister [Abbasi] will congratulate newly elected Prime Minister of Nepal Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli. During his visit, the prime minister will also call on the President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari.” “Nepal is an important regional country and a close friend,” the statement reads. “Our ties with Nepal are characterised by cordiality, mutual respect and commonality of interests. Our support to each other at bilateral and multilateral fora has remained indispensable for both the sides.”
    (Khatmandu post ,05.03.2018)
  • Nepal and Pakistan agree to revive Saarc
    (Khatmado post, 6.3.2018)