Nepal - Communists sweep in the Nepali elections
The first days of December 2017 have been very important for Nepal. In the recent history of Nepal, this is the first time that elections have been held in Nepal to form a government after many years of economic and political instability. Gone are the 10 years of civil war in Nepal and the abolition of the monarchy in 2008. With the constitution of a republic, the various governments of Nepal have striven to agree on a Consitution that was finally approved in 2015. But the establishment of a new regime and a constituent process did not mean stability. In 10 years Nepal has had 11 different prime ministers with their consequent changes of government, which clearly leaves the country with a very tangible political instability that has meant that the country does not get to recover economically, much less to develop.
The day of voting passed peacefully in most of the country, with the exception of some riots in western areas. The count of the votes cast has taken several days in the capital, Kathmandu, but it has still taken a few more days to finish counting the rest of the country.
Politically, it was the first time that the two most important communist forces in the country were allied, fighting against the Democratic congressmen, being the first the favorites in all the previous polls. One week after the vote, and having finished the count of all the localities, the results have been overwhelming by the communist alliance with more than 100 seats of the 165 that are elected directly in Parliament.
Parliamentary and provincial results show that communists won throughout the country, both in the countryside and in cities. The likely prime minister KP Oli has been cautious: "We have seen in the past that victory often tends to make parties arrogant. There is a fear that the state is oppressive. The winners tend to be indifferent to their responsibilities. " But that will not happen with a communist government, Oli said.