Supreme Court of Nepal terminates Prime Minister’s dissolution of Parliament

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KP Sharma Oli called for elections in April and May. (Deposit)

Kathmandu, Nepal:

The Supreme Court of Nepal on Tuesday overturned the prime minister’s decision to dissolve parliament, calling the decision unconstitutional.

In December, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli abruptly removed the House of Representatives and accused members of his Nepalese Communist Party of not cooperating. He called for elections in April and May.

More than a dozen writs have been filed with the Supreme Court to challenge its ruling, as a wave of protests and clashes have taken place in the streets.

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“The Supreme Court has ordered to return to the dissolved House of Representatives after concluding that the government’s decision was unconstitutional and contrary to parliamentary practice,” Kishor Poudel, press expert at the Supreme Court, told TBEN.

Poudel said the court ordered a session of parliament within 13 days.

The court’s decision was hailed by the opposition as well as members of the dissident faction of Oli’s own party.

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Narayan Kaji Shrestha, spokesman for the faction, said the court had “protected the spirit of democracy”.

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“The prime minister should resign for moral reasons taking responsibility for his unconstitutional attempt. Otherwise, we will take the necessary decision by parliament,” Shrestha said.

The Oli government came to power in 2018 with a two-thirds majority, aiming to end years of instability and short-lived governments made worse by a devastating earthquake in 2015.

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The dissolution of parliament came after months of clashes with former Maoist rebel leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who helped Oli come to power when their parties merged in 2018.

An unofficial split in the party has now left Oli without a majority in parliament, and he is likely to face a vote of no confidence.

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