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Nepal’s president dissolves parliament, new elections in November | Election Issues


The President said no incumbent Prime Minister or opposition leader had been able to persuade many to form a new government.

Nepal has entered a new turmoil when President Bidya Devi Bhandari disrupted parliament and held general elections in November at the time of the launch of COVID-19.

The sudden announcement on Saturday came after the President said Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, or opposition leader Sher Bahadur Deuba had not been able to show that many had formed a new government by Friday’s deadline.

“The President has dissolved the House of Representatives and ordered the first elections on November 12 and the second elections on November 19,” the President said after midnight.

Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari pays homage at the opening ceremony of the Lumbini, Nepal exhibition in Yangon, Myanmar on October 19, 2019 [Thein Zaw/ AP]

He further added that the ruling came in the wake of Prime Minister Oli’s appointment as Prime Minister, whose demolition of Parliament in December 2020 sparked several protests and was overturned by the Supreme Court in February.

No political parties have been named recently.

Nepal is battling the second deadly plague and 8,207 daily reports are spreading.


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