Who’s Running Nepal?

It’s two weeks now since Nepal’s political leaders swore that they’d have some kind of consensus to run the country after they missed the May 28th deadline to finish the new constitution. They promised Nepalis that they’d have one done in another year. Meanwhile, they would come up with a plan. But the plan they came up with includes two tricky parts: first, the integration and rehabilitation of Maoists militants; second, the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal.

Sources say there was an understanding between the parties that if Maoists agreed to start integration process, then the prime minister would resign within five days. And that is the problem.

Maoists are saying that the prime minister should resign first, while the ruling parties are saying that Maoists should integrate first.

So who is running the country in the meantime? The current government, but even its ministers are not sure for how much longer. Despite considerable confusion among officials, they are managing necessary works, like the budget.

Meanwhile, meetings continue. Inter-party and tri-party and multi-party meetings happen every day, but without much progress.

Citizens remain unimpressed. “Leaders spend more time in bargaining who should be the next prime minister rather than how to make a new constitution on time,” grumbled Nepal Yatayat as he rode a city bus in Kathmandu.

-Rajneesh Bhandari