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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.

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