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Nepal slips toward anarchy as India and China seek Himalayan edge

Protests erupt over parliament dissolution, raising COVID and economic risks

Protesters affiliated with a faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party demonstrate against the prime minister's dissolution of parliament in Kathmandu on Dec. 29.   © Reuters

KATHMANDU -- Nepalese Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli's sudden dissolution of parliament in mid-December has triggered nationwide protests and political chaos, pushing the country to the brink of anarchy while giving India and China potential opportunities to enhance their Himalayan influence.

Thousands marched in Kathmandu on Tuesday despite coronavirus restrictions -- continuing a series of protests organized by angry parties in recent days. Former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai declared last week that his party, the Janata Samajwadi Party or JSP, would "resist Oli's regressive move with an additional program of street struggle."

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