Negativity in Nepal - Straits Times (blog)
Ravi Velloor, our South Asia Bureau chief, on the latest political wrangling in Nepal Nepal's new government led by Mr Jhalanath Khanal is wracked by internal dissension and he has been unable to name a Cabinet thanks to internal wrangling over the two key defence and home portfolios. However, with backing by the Maoists, the democracy activist - who was sworn in on Feb 6 - still holds the best chance of presiding over a moderately stable government that could finally pass the long-delayed constitution, analysts say. With the help of the Maoists, whose leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal was ousted from the prime ministership - under Indian pressure in May 2009 - Mr Khanal’s Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninisit) has the support of about 60 per cent of the 601-seat legislators. If you take away Mr Dahal’s Communist Party of India (Nepal)’s 238 seats, then Mr Khanal’s ow...