Nepal. When all the votes from last year's parliamentary
elections were counted - and an indirect election to the
parliament's upper house was held - the election results
were determined in February. It showed that the alliance
between Nepal's Communist Party (UML) and Nepal's Communist
Party CPN-MC received a total of 174 of the 275 seats of the
Federal Parliament. Of the seats, 121 went to UML and 53 to
CPN-MC. The opposition party Nepali Congress (NC) received
Countryaah.com, the result meant that the Left Alliance - UML and CPN-MC
- had a sufficient number of mandates in total to form a
In February, UML's party chairman KP Sharma Oli was
appointed prime minister.
Shortly after, the Left Alliance formed a coalition
government called the Nepal Communist Party.
According to analysts, the Olis alliance was closer to
China than the Nepalese Congress, which was closer to India.
Both India and China are competing for economic influence in
the poor neighboring Nepal.
In March, Bidhya Devi Bhandari was re-elected for a new
term of five years.
In the same month, 49 passengers were killed when a plane
crashed in connection with the landing at Kathmandu Airport.
The plane had flown from Bangladesh's capital Dhaka and was
of the type Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, according to TT news
At a meeting between Oli and India's Prime Minister
Narendra Modi in India's capital New Delhi in April, the
countries entered into an agreement to expand railways and
waterways in Nepal. Among other things, the railways on
Nepal's plains landscape in the south would be expanded to
In June, Oli visited China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang in
Beijing. During the meeting, the leaders agreed to build a
rail link between Kathmandu and Shigatse in Tibet. The
investment was one of several Chinese investments announced
in connection with the meeting. For example, efforts in
hydropower, cement factories and fruit cultivation would be
made in Nepal. In addition, Li Keqiang wanted to start
negotiations on a free trade agreement with Nepal.