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Nepal’s President Dissolves Parliament On Sunday. Declares Mid-Term Polls

Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari has ratified the proposal of the Cabinet to dissolve the Parliament after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli convened an emergency cabinet meeting on Sunday morning. According to ANI, the Nepal president has announced that fresh polls will be held in the country between April 30 and May 10 next year. President Bhandari has announced April 30 for the first phase and May 10 for the second phase of the mid-term election, according to a notice issued by Rastrapati Bhawan, PTI reported. She dissolved Parliament as per Article 76, clause 1 and 7, and Article 85 of the Constitution of Nepal, according to the notice. Earlier, PM Oli was under pressure to withdraw an ordinance related to the Constitutional Council Act that he had issued on Tuesday and was approved by President Bidya Devi Bhandari within an hour. The act gives him the right to convene meetings and make decisions even in presence of only three members instead of a full quorum. Further, Narayankaji Shrestha, Spokesperson of ruling Nepal Communist Party said, “The decision has been made in haste as all the ministers weren’t present in the cabinet meeting this morning. This is against the democratic norms & would take the nation backwards. It can’t be implemented”, ANI reported. Oli had summoned an emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers after a series of meetings with the ruling Nepal Communist Party’s top leadership and ministers on Saturday, news agency PTI quoted a report in Himalayan Times. The House of Representatives, elected in 2017, has 275 members. 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 Prime Minister and Party’s chairman Oli and another led by “Prachanda”, also the executive chair of the party and former premier, reported PTI. Prachanda and Madhav Nepal faction has been urging Oli to quit the post of Prime Minister amidst growing accusation and counter-accusation between the two factions in the ruling NCP. In June, Oli, 68, claimed that efforts were being made to oust him after his government redrew the country’s political map by incorporating three strategically key Indian territories, reported PTI. Meanwhile, Constitutional experts termed the move to dissolve Parliament as unconstitutional.

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