The rules of the Supreme Court of Nepal The dissolved parliament must be re-established

The rules of the Supreme Court of Nepal The dissolved parliament must be re-established

2021-02-23 19:18:14

KATHMANDU, Nepal – The Supreme Court of Nepal on Tuesday ruled that the country's parliament, which was dissolved by the country's prime minister in December, should reconvene, sending the Himalayan nation into another round of political instability.

Nepal's Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli dissolved parliament on December 20 after protracted internal disputes within his ruling Nepalese Communist Party, but the court concluded that he had exceeded his powers.

"The court calls the dissolution of the house an unconstitutional act," said court spokesman Bhadrakali Pokharel, adding that the legislature had to be restored within two weeks.

The decision means that Mr Oli is likely to face a vote of no confidence when lawmakers meet again.

Rajan Bhattarai, foreign affairs adviser to Mr Oli, said the prime minister would respect the court order. "He's not weighing an undemocratic move like imposing an emergency or anything else," he said.

Mr Oli has lost his grip on the party and in parliament in recent days. The dissolution split the ruling party into two factions, with the group opposing Mr Oli and his decision to dissolve parliament led by a former Maoist rebel, Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

Legal experts and political activists gathered outside the Supreme Court in Kathmandu on Tuesday to celebrate the decision. Mr Oli's decision to dissolve parliament was widely condemned by many in his own party and in the opposition.

A senior leader of the Nepalese Communist Party, Raghuji Pant, called on Mr. Oli to resign.

"On moral grounds, the prime minister must resign immediately," said Mr Pant. “Our party can remain intact if the prime minister agrees to support another leader as prime minister. If not, a new power equation is inevitable. "


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