Sher Bahadur Deuba returns to power in Nepal; Political stability, normalization of ties with India expected

By Financial express

With the Nepali Congress (NC) leader Sher Bahadur Deuba taking charge as Prime Minister, Nepal is likely to return to a period of relative peace after a prolonged gap of political instability.

The 75-year-old Deuba won a vote of confidence in parliament on July 18 days after the Supreme Court reinstated the legislature that was dissolved in May. A veteran Congress leader, who has held the office four times before, won 165 votes – exceeding the 136 required – with 83 votes against him.

Deuba is a seasoned politician but he had a spotty track record as an administrator. His earlier four times stints as Prime Minister were not without controversies. He can easily be outmaneuvered by more crafty politicians like Prachanda and Upendra Yadav in the newly formed power coalition. In 1995, Prachanda had launched “People’s War” within five months after Deuba became Prime Minister, as a result, he quit in 1996.

Deuba returned to power in 2001 and had to impose a State of Emergency to quell the Maoists. When unable to handle the peace talks with the Maoists reached nowhere, Deuba dissolved the Parliament in 2002. Subsequently, Deuba government was dismissed citing incompetence by King Gyanendra.

Deuba again came back to power in 2004 only toBy financial express be sacked once again by King Gyanendra after the King acquired absolute power in a “royal coup” 2005. Later in 2015, Deuba struck a deal with Prachanda and in August 2016 the two agreed to form a rotational government led by the CPN (Maoist Centre) and the Nepali Congress for nine months each. Deuba became Prime Minister for the fourth time in June 2017.

But soon in October 2017, all ministers from the CPN (Maoist Centre) left the cabinet to form an electoral alliance with the CPN (United Marxist Leninists) led by K. P. Sharma Oli ahead of the 2017 General Elections.

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