A billionaire and a ghost trading floor: Tale of Nepal's paralysis

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Having started out selling noodles to India, then all over Asia, Binod Chaudhary's family-owned conglomerate includes a bank, a telecommunications business, resorts. Having started out selling noodles to India, then all over Asia, Binod Chaudhary's family-owned conglomerate includes a bank, a telecommunications business, resorts.
SummaryBinod Chaudhary, who made his name selling instant noodles, is valued by Forbes at a billion dollars.

voters, undermining the election's legitimacy.

Nepal's most successful capitalist is already dabbling in politics via a long association with the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist), which is these days seen as centre-left. He was a member of the constitutional assembly until it collapsed last year and says he will campaign for the party in these elections.

"I'm a political animal, I'm very much part of it," he said.

Chaudhary offers Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Thailand's former premier, Thaksin Shinawatra, as examples of businessmen-turned-politicians.

"It's going to be a very important decision for me. I would not like to wear two hats, I'd have to completely give up my current position and current role and involvement in business and then I'd have to work 100 percent full time with the single objective of transforming this country economically."

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