Nepal political crisis: PM KP Oli advocate dissolution of parliament

Kathmandu: Nepal’s PM KP Sharma Oli, who has been criticized for dealing with the Covid-19 crisis as the economy collapsed, was either pressured to give up the premiership or the party’s reins. In an emergency meeting on Sunday morning, Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli recommended the President to dissolve the federal parliament, as his party said he had majority support.

The prime minister has lost a majority in the parliamentary party, the central committee, and the secretariat of the party, as reported by a news agency, a member of the ruling Nepal Communist Party’s central committee. He chose instead to compromise within the party to dissolve the parliament.

There was pressure on PM Oli to withdraw an ordinance related to the Constitutional Council Act which he issued on Tuesday and was supported by President Bidya Devi Bhandari on the same day. The Kathmandu Post newspaper gave this information on Sunday.

This has come at a time when the Prime Minister of Nepal was under better pressure from the rival factions of the NCP led by former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known by his nominees de Gurre Prachanda and Madhav Nepal.

Leaders, who have been criticized for dealing with the coronovirus crisis as the economy picks up, were either under pressure to leave the premiership or the party’s reins.

The next general election in Nepal is scheduled to be held two years from now. It was not immediately clear that when the President of the country accepts the proposal of the Cabinet a new election will be called, this is a formality.