What Happened: Nepal's two largest communist parties, the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist and the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Center, officially merged on May 17, gaining almost a two-thirds majority in parliament, The Wire reported. The merger makes the first majority government in 19 years.
Why It Matters: The merger could increase stability in Nepal and may allow Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli to strengthen relations with China.
Background: Volatility has long been a hallmark of Nepalese politics. The country is strategically located between India and China, serving as a geopolitical buffer.
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