The first tentative democratic elections in Nepal, which were agreed upon after the country moved on from monarchy and civil war to tentative democracy, are set to be won by an alliance of communist parties.
To be more precise, Nepal’s Left alliance, comprising the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist and the Nepal Communist Party-Maoist Centre, is currently leading in parliamentary polls and looks poised to win 40 of the 49 seats for which results were declared.
With these results, it is widely believed that Mr Khadga Prasad Oli will become the first Prime Minister to serve under the new Constitution. Mr Oli had already been projected as the Prime Ministerial candidate by the two parties when they decided to form an alliance and contest the poll under a common communist manifesto.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ex-Hindu Rashtra Nepal votes overwhelmingly for Communists. Burnol moment for Vikat Hindus. Die Sanghis, die.<br><br>And to rub it in, it has been reported by Dhaka Tribune. 😂😂😂<a href="https://t.co/84RVDA4ma5">https://t.co/84RVDA4ma5</a></p>— रंगा सियार (@RangaSiyaar) <a href="https://twitter.com/RangaSiyaar/status/939961515771232256?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 10, 2017</a></blockquote>
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The former ruling Nepali Congress, which was the largest party in the hung parliament four years ago, have by now been relegated to a distant third position, with some of its most successful politicians suffering humiliating defeats.
These elections are seen as the final step in Nepal's transition to a federal democracy following a decade-long civil war till that unfortunately claimed more than 16,000 lives.
While many Nepali hope the state elections will hasten regional development and infrastructure, others state their fear that it will spark a fresh wave of violence. Back in 2015, when Nepal adopted this new constitution that split it into seven states, dozens of people were killed in ethnic clashes, mostly fought over territory and rights.
With 26 million inhabitants which are 80% Hindu and 10% Buddhist, Nepal looks set for a new future with these elections. Though it is a poor and landlocked country between India and China, Nepal seems keen on going its own way.