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Combative TV host’s party makes breakthrough in Nepal election

November 25, 2022

KATHMANDU: An anti-establishment television host will win a seat in Nepal´s parliament after his new party tapped into voter discontent towards the Himalayan republic´s elderly leadership, partial election results showed on Thursday.

Rabi Lamichhane, 48, made his name through combative interviews with public officials and hidden-camera stings on corrupt bureaucrats -- populist credentials that channelled anxieties over a teetering economy.

A revolving door of prime ministers -- most serving less than a year -- and a culture of horse-trading fuelled perceptions before the vote that established leaders were out of touch with Nepal´s most pressing problems.

Lamichhane won nearly 60 percent of all ballots cast in his Chitwan constituency, ousting a minister from the ruling Nepali Congress. At least five other candidates from his National Independent Party (NIP) -- formed just five months before the election -- have won their seats, with four others on track to win.