Nepal plunges into political crisis as China’s gambit flops

Prime News, International (Kathmandu), May 13:- Chinas desperate attempts to bring about a patch-up between the two warring factions of the Nepal Communist Party have come a cropper, plunging the Himalayan country into a political crisis at a time when the deadly Covid-19 pandemic has also peaked in the country.

After the fall of the KP Sharma Oli government on Monday, Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari has called the country’s political parties to form a new government by Thursday. She has asked Oli to be the caretaker prime minister till then.

According to sources, during the past couple of weeks, Chinese ambassador to Nepal, Hou Yanqi, had lobbied with senior Nepalese MPs to gather support for Oli to ensure his victory in the vote of confidence on the floor of Parliament.

China wants someone loyal to Beijing as PM and it was concerned over the weakening communist influence in South Asia with the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) splitting into two factions – one led by prime minister Oli, and the second by former prime minister Prachanda, who is also the executive chairman of the party.

Chinese ambassador Hou Yanqi’s efforts to settle the differences between Oli and Prachanda proved futile and last week, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) � a key faction led by Pushpakamal Dahal “Prachanda” withdrew support to the government. Consequently, Oli lost the vote of confidence in Parliament on Monday. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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