Nepal

Monthly Update - July 2011

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This report is issued by the UN RCHCO with inputs from its UN Field Coordination Offices and other partners and sources. The report covers July 2011. The next report will be issued in the first week of September 2011.

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Political Update

July witnessed much activity in national politics, though with no tangible progress achieved by the end of the month. The political stalemate was dominated by the Maoists‟ internal debate on party work division and forging a uniform approach to the peace and constitution drafting processes. The Maoists‟ decision to reshuffle its Ministers instigated further disagreements between major parties; however, Prime Minister Khanal managed to induct new Maoist Ministers and resist the opposition of Nepali Congress (NC) as well as his own party leaders. This step is perceived by some observers as a last attempt to protect the existing coalition government and achieve some progress on the integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist army and constitution drafting before the deadline of 31 August. Meanwhile, the main opposition NC has been pushing for the resignation of the Prime Minister as per the Five-Point agreement to extend the CA last May.