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Nepal PM Oli dissolves Parliament over power tussle; rivals cry foul
The 275-member House of Representatives, which is the lower house of Parliament, was elected in 2017 for a five-year term.
Nepal’s embattled Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on Sunday sprang a surprise on his rivals and got the President to dissolve Parliament, a controversial move amidst a prolonged tussle for power between him and former premier Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved Parliament’s House of Representatives at Oli’s recommendation and announced mid-term general election in April-May, a decision criticised by the Opposition as unconstitutional.
Earlier, an emergency meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Oli decided to recommend the President for the dissolution of Parliament, a senior Standing Committee member of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) told media.
The first phase of the mid-term election will be held on April 30 and May 10 for the second phase, according to a notice issued by the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The 275-member House of Representatives, which is the lower house of Parliament, was elected in 2017 for a five-year term. The upper house is the National Assembly.
The move comes as the intra-party feud reached climax in the ruling NCP which has been witnessing months long tussle between two factions, one led by 68-year-old Oli and Party’s chairman and another led by 66-year-old Prachanda , also the executive chair of the party and former premier.
Spokesperson of the ruling NCP Narayankaji Shrestha has termed Oli’s move as undemocratic, anti-constitutional and autocratic .
He said that the ruling party will hold its Standing Committee meeting to discuss the matter.