Thanks to Oli’s mismanagement, Nepal plans new elections in November
On the day Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli failed to prove his majority in the House of Representatives, he published an appeal in The Guardian, asking the British government and the international community for help in the fight of Nepal against COVID-19. The article received significant negative reactions in his country. People weren’t convinced since Oli left no stone unturned to turn Nepal into a political mess; starting with his quest to stay in power, to abuse the office of president. Despite the loss of the majority in the House, Oli was asked to form a minority government. Within days, the same Parliament was dissolved again and new elections are scheduled for November. It should be noted that Nepal is experiencing the worst-case scenario of COVID-19 amid rising cases, deaths and looming doubts over vaccine supply from international manufacturers. The shadow of corruption in the procurement of vaccines and medical supplies is dark enough to be seen. Thus, an appeal from Oli is nothing more than a parody of good governance and a forced blindfold on the international community to neglect. Oli has become an authoritarian leader who does not respect the will of the people, the political mood and remains indifferent to what the country faces.
If anyone can be held responsible for the paralysis of Nepal in all areas, it is the current “Oli-garchy”. The Supreme Court overturned Oli’s earlier attempt to dissolve parliament, and ill-intentioned overnight orders on political parties were withdrawn by the president amid opposition. He was again challenged to prove his majority, but he failed. Currently, unashamedly, Oli continues to be the interim prime minister. Voices are emanating from military veterans, civil society and democratic forces to hold Oli accountable for the current crisis. These are the same voices that fought an autocratic monarchy for more than a decade to establish a planned democratic order in the Himalayan country. However, in less than 15 years, leaders like Oli have done nothing right but have fueled the ethnic divide, the economic downturn, soured relations with India and institutionalized corruption. When Nepal became the sixth communist-ruled country in the world in 2008, questions were asked about the coexistence of communism and democracy. With parties like the CPN-UML led by Oli and the Maoists in Nepal, the ego takes precedence over ideology, nation and people. Therefore, Nepal needs a second wave of democracy to reestablish institutions in the truest sense, with education, medicine and economics being the priority.