The consensus myth

The president now faces the real test of his office's authority. Last week, he endorsed the budget ordinance submitted by the government against his own public position that such an ordinance should be backed by political consensus. As the president came under heavy censure, the Maoists hailed his move. But less than three days later, the president "fired" PM Bhattarai.

Still, who will succeed Bhattarai and what constitutes "consensus"? What if the Maoists resort to street protests as they had threatened if the president acted "arbitrarily"? Yadav will now be at the centre of the controversy, as the politics of consensus is more of a myth than a practised reality in Nepal.

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