Nepal’s Constituent Assembly expired without agreeing on a new Constitution on May 27 against the backdrop of a Supreme Court ruling. Fresh elections have been called in November by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai. Since then, the Himalayan nation has been functioning under a caretaker government. But, the key question is whether Nepal can usher into a more stable polity after November elections.
Nepalese political parties have no alternative but to collaborate and deliver on people’s aspirations, says Professor Lok Raj Baral, in an email interview to Zee Research Group’s Ajay Vaishnav.
Currently heading the Nepal Center for Contemporary Studies in Kathmandu, Prof Baral has closely observed the Himalayan nation’s politics, society, foreign relations and governance and written about them in his various manuscripts, the latest being ‘Nepal- Nation-state in the Wilderness’.
He believes that the Parliamentary model is not suitable for Nepal’s fractious polity. He rather recommends a stable but accountable executive for a fixed period along the lines of the US.