Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari ratified Cabinet’s proposal to dissolve the country’s Parliament. The national polls in the country will be held between April 30 and May 10, next year, Devi announced, ANI reported.
Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli recommended on Sunday, the dissolution of Parliament, PTI reported quoting media reports. He made the recommendation at an emergency Cabinet meeting on Sunday.
An emergency Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Oli decided to recommend President Bidya Devi Bhandari for the dissolution of Parliament’s House of Representatives, PTI reported quoting a senior Standing Committee member of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP).
The PM swiftly reached the Rashtrapati Bhawan with the decision of the council of ministers.
Oli’s move comes amidst a tussle for power with former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda.
The move comes as the intra-party feud reached a 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.
Former PM and senior leader of the ruling NCP has termed Oli’s move as unconstitutional, according to PTI. There is no provision in Nepal’s constitution that the PM of a majority government can dissolve Parliament.
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.
Meanwhile, the main Opposition Nepali Congress (NC) has called an emergency meeting of the party on Sunday.
The move comes a day after the NC and the Rastriya Janata Party decided to ask the President for summoning a Special Session of Parliament.