Communist Alliance Takes Lead in Nepal General Elections
The communist alliance in Nepal is taking the lead in the country’s general elections, heading towards victory in the first federal and provincial assembly ballot since the centuries-old monarchy was toppled a decade ago
The alliance of the Communist Parties of Nepal Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) and the Maoist Center (CPN-MC), who formed a coalition in October, has so far taken a two-thirds lead in the initial vote count. The CPN-UML has secured six seats and leads the count by another 52, while the CPN-MC has achieved one and leads in another 21.
The elections, held in two phases on November 26 and December 7, will determine 275 members of the national lower house and 650 seats of the seven provincial parliaments.
The historic agreement between the two parties was formed to undermine the Nepalese Congress, which previously led a government coalition with the Maoists against vehement opposition from the CPN-UML.
The alliance’s lead has shocked Congress, which now faces the prospect of losing power.
In July, the CPN-UML won local elections after securing the most local-unit wins in the country.
Those elections were the first in the Himalayan nation since 1997: an attempt by the government to restore democracy after a long-running Maoist uprising followed by a year-long delay in passing a new constitution.
“The elections results show the success of the party’s central command,” political analyst Puranjan Acharya told the Kathmandu Post at the time./by Telesur