It's "Back to the Ol' Drawing Board" for Nepal after its Constituent Assembly failed to produce a constitution by the deadline, May 28, leading to a call for new elections.
Gospel For Asia Vice President Danny Punnose explains, "The final deadline ended just recently, and so the present government is not ruling the government anymore. There will be a caretaker government managing things until November when elections will take place where they're going to re-elect everyone back into the government."
The process has been confusing and fraught with conflict between the main political parties. "Nepal is kind of experiencing its first breath of democracy and freedom. At the same time, they were supposed to have drafted the blueprint for the country and get that done as soon as possible."
The prime minister will lead a caretaker government until the Nov. 22 elections. The failure of the process led the United Nations to express concerns over potential violence, especially since the country is flanked by India and China.
"The leaders of these countries want to see stability because it affects their own futures," Punnose says. However, "Even if there is rioting and there is some political strife, I think it will be minor compared to how it used to be when there was a lock down of the entire country."
It's a lackluster ending to what began as a triumphant journey. Four years ago, Nepal became a republic. Before moving forward, the government needed a constitution to guide them, and that's when the process began to fell apart. GFA partners weren't directly hampered by the crisis. "We're paying attention and looking at what's going to be happening and still continuing to do ministry, still continuing to help the kids, the poor, and meet the needs of the people."
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