Prime Minister KP Oli’s new health emergency on Tuesday has thrown off his meticulously crafted plans, and added a sense of urgency to the question of his succession.
After doctors advised him to get a second kidney transplant earlier this month, Oli had put his house in order, appointing loyalists to the cabinet and changing advisers. He planned to leave for a transplant abroad as soon as a donor was identified. Sources said two female relatives were undergoing matching tests.
But on Tuesday he was rushed to hospital for an appendectomy. His condition has improved, but doctors say a transplant is now out of the question for several months. He will need regular dialysis for the time being.
Since his decade in jail in the 1970s right up to the current prime ministership, Oli is known to ignore doctors’ orders to rest. But close aides say it is also this strong personal drive that makes him ride out health emergencies. This time, the combination of kidney and other ailments may complicate recovery.
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