Nepal to Hold Parliamentary Election in November

Nepalese officials announced Thursday that the Parliamentary election would take place on November 20 despite concerns over high inflation causing food and energy price increase. 

According to Education Minister Debendra Paudel, the cabinet approved the election date for the 275-member House of Representatives with 165 seats on a first-past-the-post basis and the rest through proportional representation. 

Since July last year, the centrist Nepali Congress party of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, an alliance of communists, including former Maoist rebels, held power. 

Deuba, 76, who has been prime minister five times, said astrologers told him he would hold the office twice more.  

However, some political analysts said the “general perception of leading parties and senior politicians is low due to their incompetence and non-performance.” 

Analyst and Political Science professor at the Tribhuvan University Krishna Khanal said voters were tired of revolving-door governments and were seeking younger leaders. 

“If political parties fail to see the writing on the wall even their senior leaders would have a hard time winning,” Khanal said. 

The main opposition is former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s Communist UML party, considered closer to Beijing. 

Nepal has seen ten governments change since the government abolished the 239-year-old monarchy in 2008. 

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