- The constitutional debate over Khilaraj
Regmi, the first Premier in the history of the country to also be the President
of the Supreme Court, has thrown
Nepal once again into institutional
chaos. Appointed on 20 February,
the judge will have
to wait for the opinion of the judges
of the Constitutional Court to begin his
The verdict will be issued on March 7 and it is still unclear if officials will vote in favour. According to experts this waiting jeopardizes the election date, which could be postponed, sending the country once again into chaos.
On February 25, Khilaraj Regmi formally accepted his assignment, receiving the support of smaller parties that previously had been opposed to his appointment by organizing demonstrations around the country.
Since 2008, Nepal has changed prime ministers four times. Regmi replaces the Maoist Baburan Bhattarai under siege by the media and opposition parties for having covered up the truth about the massacres carried out by cadres of his party during the civil war (1996-2007).