Nepal president dissolves parliament, fresh elections in November

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Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari (Image: Twitter/ians_india)
Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari (Image: Twitter/ians_india)

Nepal : Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari dissolved parliament on Friday midnight and announced fresh elections will take place in November this year.

The decision was made on the recommendation of the Cabinet headed by caretaker Prime Minister KP Oli. According to a news report by The Indian Express, fresh elections are likely to be held between November 12 and 18.

The dissolution of the parliament comes after Oli’s claim to form the government had to be dropped by the President on legal advice.

Oli had submitted his list of 153 supporters — four more than Deuja’s — in which he had included several names of rivals as well.

The opposition parties, including Nepali Congress, Maoist Party, a section of the Samajbadi Janata party, and dissidents from the Oli’s Communist Party of Nepal — unified Marxist/Leninist, had warned that they would launch widespread protests if the President violated the constitution and retained Oli.

President was also facing the threat of impeachment from Opposition if she had retained Oli, the decision saves her from that.