• Sat. Oct 29th, 2022

The President is yet to give her assent to the decision which came after weeks of tension with challenger Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ who has been demanding that the Prime Minister change his style of governance.

Dec 20, 2020

In an emergency Cabinet meeting held on Sunday morning, Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli recommended dissolution of the Parliament and called for general election in April-May. The dramatic decision came after weeks of tension with challenger Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda who has been demanding that Mr. Oli change his style of governance.
The Prime Minister has urged the President of Nepal to dissolve the Parliament and she is yet to give her permission for the same. So the entire process is yet to be completed. We can make a definite announcement only after the President of Nepal has signed in the Cabinets recommendation, said Rajan Bhattarai, Foreign Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister of Nepal, speaking to The Hindu from Kathmandu.
The decision was followed by deployment of quick action forces across Kathmandu and other major Nepalese cities and towns.
Mr. Olis government in recent weeks was unable to pass politically sensitive decisions because of the opposition in the Standing Committee of the Nepal Communist Party where Mr. Prachandas section is in majority.
Sundays decision to dissolve the Parliament has drawn strong criticism from the Opposition and members of the ruling coalition.
The decision is unconstitutional as there is no provision in our 2015 Constitution to dissolve a Parliament that is functioning perfectly well. The problem was inside the Nepal Communist Party and the Prime Minister cannot attack the Parliament for his inability to deal with intra-party dissidents, said Rajendra Mahto of Janata Samajvadi Party. Mr. Mahto said Nepal would face an uncertain future because of Mr. Olis decision. The decision amounts to a coup, he said.
Nepal will hold general election in May if President Bidhya Devi Bhandari gives her consent to the dissolution of the Parliament.
However, the political leaders, including former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, have cautioned about the future of Nepal in the backdrop of the Cabinet decision. President Olis recommendation is extremely unfortunate and is against the interest of democracy. All political parties of Nepal must protest against this development, he said.
Nepal held election in November-December 2017, and the elected candidates in the Pratinidhi Sabha are expected to serve a full five-year term.