The team met with Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Oli on Sunday and with top Nepal Communist Party leaders on Monday to discuss possible solutions to the country’s political crisis. Still, some foreign diplomats in Kathmandu viewed Guo’s mission as a brazen demonstration of China’s growing influence over Nepal’s internal affairs. 1 of 7 A Nepalese protester burns an effigy of prime minister Khadga Prasad Oli in front of the parliament building in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. Sandwiched between India and China, Nepal’s tilt into China's orbit is a growing concern for India. Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli ANI | Updated: Dec 25, 2020 19:29 IST Kathmandu [ Nepal ], December 25 (ANI): Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli … Thousands of people marched through the streets of Kathmandu on Tuesday to protest Nepali Prime Minister K.P. The prime minister of Nepal (Nepali: नेपालको प्रधानमन्त्री) is the head of government and chief executive of Nepal. With two years of his term to run, Oli dissolved parliament and called for fresh elections in a move that foreign diplomats say caught China by surprise and plunged the impoverished nation of 30-million people into uncertainty. GENEVIEVE QUINTAL: Just why has the president been delaying the Political Party Funding Act? A hearing will resume in January. At least 10,000 protesters defied coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings to demonstrate throughout the capital, according to police officials overseeing security in the city. Commenting on the delegation’s visit to Kathmandu, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China hopes “all the various parties in Nepal can put national interest and the overall situation first, and proceed from there, while properly handling internal differences and working towards political stability and the country's development”. 23312 E-Mail: info@opmcm.gov.np Guo discussed “the possibility of bringing the two factions of the NCP together and Nepal-China cooperation” with Prachanda on Monday, the Kathmandu Post reported, quoting Prachanda’s secretariat. Nepal's Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli delivers an address to the nation in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, March 20,2020. Phone: +977-1-4211000, 4211040, 4211035, 4211080 Fax: +977-1-4211065, 4211086, 4211038, 4211021, 4211047 Audio Notice Board: 1618070701111 P O Box No. They wanted to know the reason leading to the split in the party,” Karki said of the Chinese delegation. Oli has raised border disputes between Nepal and India at a time when India is already dealing with the worst tensions in decades along sections of its long frontier with China in the Himalayas. © 2021 Arena Holdings. Within days, Beijing dispatched Guo Yezhou, a vice-minister in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) international liaison department, to Kathmandu. Guo also held talks with the opposition Nepali Congress Party leader and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. Nepalese students affiliated with Nepal Student Union burn an effigy of Nepalese prime minister Khadga Prasad Oli during a protest in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. Sharma Oli’s decision last week to dissolve the country’s parliament. Seven ministers quit Oli’s government, and anger over the descent into political infighting at a time when the economy is reeling from the coronavirus sparked protests at which effigies of the prime minister were burnt. In May 2020, Prime Minister Oli took a unilateral decision to change the political map of Nepal and even amended the Nepali Constitution to inculcate the new map into its emblem. Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments? Reuters.com brings you the latest news from around the world, covering breaking news in markets, business, politics, entertainment, technology, video and pictures. Parliament sent home brings Chinese envoys to Nepal prime minister’s door Ruling Communist party threatens to collapse due to infighting 31 December 2020 - … The prime minister, K.P. An Asian diplomat struck a similar note. Oli has defended his recommendation to dissolve Nepal’s parliament as a necessary decision amid a lack of cooperation from the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP). KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Thousands of opponents of Nepal's Prime Minister K.P. Guo has held separate meetings with Oli, and rivals in the Communist Party to get their side of the story, as well as leaders of the main opposition party and other politicians. “They want to listen more than they speak. 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Oli has recommended an election be held in two phases in April and May, but what happens next could be in the lap of the Supreme Court, as his opponents have challenged the dissolution of parliament as unconstitutional. Sharma Oli had even offered to mediate between India and Pakistan in an effort to restart the South Asian engagement, which at present is … Thousands of people in Nepal have defied coronavirus restrictions to protest against an attempt by the prime minister to dissolve parliament. “Protests against Oli’s authoritarianism, his clamping down on civil liberties are likely to intensify,” Ismail said. China is reportedly displeased at the recent split of Nepal’s largest communist party after working to foster the NCP’s formation from two separate parties in May 2018. Guo, after assessing the situation of the ruling party and encouraging both factions of the NCP to seek some kind of common ground for party unity, will communicate the message of Chinese leadership, including that of President Xi Jinping, to the NCP leadership,” an NCP leader told PTI. It’s rather obvious they control the internal politics of Nepal as they want to expand investments in [the] near future,” a senior Western diplomat said. The petitions challenge Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s request to President Bidhya Devi Bhandari to dissolve Parliament. Sharma Oli marched through the streets of Kathmandu on Tuesday … India has rejected the Nepalese claim to Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura, saying it will not accept such “artificial enlargement” of territory, and that it will discuss the unsettled border issue when the pandemic subsides. 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THE STORY BEHIND IT. The prime minister says internal squabbling has paralyzed the legislature’s decision-making process and forced him to seek a popular mandate through early parliamentary elections next year, which he has requested for April 30 and May 10, less than two years before their originally scheduled date. Nepal Prime Minister K.P. The prime minister is the chair of the Council of Ministers of Nepal and the chief adviser to the President of Nepal. Kathmandu [Nepal], December 21 (ANI): Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will address the nation at 3 PM on Monday, a day after recommending the dissolution of … Kathmandu: Nepal's foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali is in Delhi on a three-day visit beginning Thursday to garner political support for the KP Sharma Oli-led caretaker government in Kathmandu. Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now. ET has learnt that after China’s mission to mediate between Oli and Prachanda did not yield result, the Nepalese PM is looking to obtain India’s support for his dispensation. Raymond Zondo to isolate himself after staffer tests positive for Covid-19, Wine worth R1.5bn at risk of being lost as industry runs out of storage capacity, First Covax vaccine doses to arrive in February, Post Office CFO resigns after three months on the job. Oli said he would retrieve the regions of Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh from India through diplomatic talks. Protesters affiliated with a faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party demonstrate against the prime minister's dissolution of parliament in Kathmandu on Dec. 29. HERMAN MASHABA: If the ANC loses at the polls, will it too storm parliament? Nepal's Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali is the senior-most political leader from Nepal to visit India after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli triggered a border row last year. 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The Government of Nepal exercises its executive authority through a number of government ministries.The ministries are headed by a cabinet minister, who sits in the Council of Ministers, and is sometimes supported by a state minister . “We have tactfully managed the rally of about 10,000 protesters,” Kathmandu police spokesman Basanta Bahadur Kunwar said on Tuesday, according to Reuters. The unit manages relationships with foreign political parties of all hues, both in power and opposition. Feyzi Ismail, a researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, suspects China could be disappointed if it maintains backing for Oli in the hope of restoring political stability. This has allowed the Chinese Communist Party to wield increased influence in Nepali politics. President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved Parliament on Dec. 20 on the recommendation of the prime minister and announced new election s will be held on April 30 and May 10, 2021. Madhav Kumar Nepal, a former prime minister and one of the main critics of Oli in the Nepal Communist Party (NCP), was high on Guo’s dance card, and Ram Karki, the NCP deputy chief of the foreign affairs attended their meeting. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today called an all-party meeting to ‘discuss contemporary political issues’, a day after the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Standing Committee floated the … “Why would a country rush a delegation to a neighbouring nation amid a pandemic? Since the CCP has a fraternal relationship with the NCP, they are concerned about the present situation. Vice Minister of the International Department of the CPC Guo Yezhou arrived in Nepal’s capital on Sunday “in what is believed to be China’s desperate attempt to avert a vertical split in the NCP,” the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported on Monday. Certainly, they tried to know whether there is any possibility of uniting the party,” Karki said. All rights reserved. After the revolution of 1951, non-aristocratic citizens like Matrika Prasad Koirala held the … “They are shocked as to how Oli could make a bold political move without prior consultations,” said the diplomat, requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media. Sharma Oli’s decision last week to dissolve the country’s parliament. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy. “Irrespective of any change in Nepal, China wants to continue its relationship with all political parties and its economic co-operation including the Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network,” Dinesh Bhattarai, a Deuba aide present at the meeting, told Reuters. A large group of demonstrators rallied outside the prime minister’s office in Kathmandu, demanding that he reverse his decision to dissolve Nepal’s 275-member House of Representatives on December 20. Guo met with Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” on Monday morning. Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has been removed as the parliamentary leader of Nepal Communist Party amid an internal turbulence within … Gabrielle Reyes. Nepal president dissolves Parliament, elections set for next year. “China always wants stability in Nepal. Thousands of people marched through the streets of Kathmandu on Tuesday to protest Nepali Prime Minister K.P. 29 Dec 2020 4. “A lot is at stake for Beijing,” he said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha) Senior NCP leaders said the dissolution will “lead to expulsions and counter-expulsions” in the party followed possibly by a split. Read more at the SA government's online coronavirus portal or use the 24-hour public hotline: 0800 029 999. The Prime Minister is a member of the House of Representatives of Nepal and is the highest ranking federal officer within the government. Oli became prime minister after his Nepal Communist Party won election s three years ago. “It is evident that China is angered by Oli’s abrupt move amid a pandemic ... they are clearly concerned about the massive investments they have pledged,” said a senior European diplomat. Tourism minister says expeditions to all peaks in the spring season suspended as a precaution to coronavirus outbreak. “They have been buying land and investing in large-scale infrastructure projects by keeping a tight control on the ruling party and the opposition,” said the Asian diplomat. Move comes after prime minister’s recommendation as a feud rages within his Communist Party. China has invested billions of dollars in Nepal’s infrastructure development in recent years through Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. Published by Arena Holdings and distributed with the Financial Mail on the last Thursday of every month except December and January. Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on Tuesday announced a new 1,199-member committee to organise the ruling Nepal Communist Party's general convention in an effort to strengthen his hold on the party as it headed for a split, according to media reports. Kathmandu — Alarmed that a political crisis in Nepal could endanger China’s strategic interests and Belt and Road projects, a Chinese Communist Party emissary has held days of talks to try to stop the Himalayan country’s ruling Communist Party from tearing itself apart. Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers Singhadurbar, Kathmandu, Nepal. Sharma Oli, called for the dissolution of the lower house of Parliament despite protests from his own Nepal Communist Party and … And the multibillion-dollar investment in infrastructure could be a godsend for Nepal's ailing economy. Nepal’s embattled Prime Minister, K P Sharma Oli, came under fresh attack Thursday, including from three former Prime Ministers and his own party leaders, for meeting Indian R&AW chief Samant Kumar Goel without keeping them in the loop. Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli (Nepali: खड्गप्रसाद ओली, pronounced [kʰʌɖɡʌ ˈprʌsad oli]; born 22 February 1952), more commonly known as K. P. Sharma Oli, is a Nepalese politician and the current Prime Minister of Nepal. “India has its own history of interference in Nepal but has taken a back seat this time, leaving China more exposed to a growing feeling of resentment among Nepalis,” said Constantino Xavier, an analyst at the Centre for Social and Economic Progress, an independent think-thank in New Delhi. Prachanda has claimed control over Nepal’s ruling party since he removed Prime Minister Oli from the posts of NCP parliamentary leader and chair on December 22, effectively splitting the party two years after its founding. 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