The ruling Communist Party in Nepal “struck off” from the polls | Nepal News
Following the Supreme Court’s ruling, the country’s electoral body “rejects” the Nepalese Communist Party from the electoral roll.
Nepal’s ruling party, made up of former Maoist rebels and communist comrades, broke up after the top electoral body ruled its name illegal, pushing the country into greater political uncertainty.
The Himalayan nation was troubled by months of unrest after Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli dissolved parliament in December and accused members of his Communist Party of Nepal (NCP) of not cooperating.
The PCN was formed in 2018 by a merger between the Communist Party of Oli CPN-UML and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Center) of former rebel leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
But the party was not entitled to the name of the NCP, the Supreme Court ruled on Sunday, because another distinct communist faction was already using it.
On Tuesday, the Election Commission approved and said it had “removed” Oli’s NCP – which held a rare two-thirds parliamentary majority – from the electoral register.
Giriraj Mani Pokharel, a member of the CPN (Maoist Center), told AFP news agency that the disbandment sparked discussions within his party faction over “whether to withdraw government support.”
No decision has been taken, he added.
The NCP’s triumph over the outgoing Nepalese Congress party – the country’s third chief political force – had been seen as the last step in Nepal’s post-war transformation into a republic.
Fragile alliances have been forged between Nepal’s three dominant parties since 2008, and it was hoped that a majority government would bring much-needed stability and development to the Himalayan nation.