The Nepalese President dissolves parliament, elections planned for next year | Nepal News

The move follows the prime minister’s recommendation as a feud is raging in his Communist Party.

The Nepalese President dissolved parliament at the request of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s cabinet and announced that the general elections would take place in April and May, more than a year earlier than planned.

Sunday’s parade plunged the Himalayan country, where multi-party democracy had been restored since the street protests in 1990, into political unrest in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

President Bidhya Devi Bhandari’s office said in a statement that the next vote will take place on April 30th and May 10th, as recommended by the cabinet after an emergency meeting.

68-year-old Oli pushed for a new mandate after the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (NCP) accused him of incapacitating his party in government decisions and appointments. He had led an alliance with former Maoist rebels to a landslide victory in 2017.

“The prime minister has lost a majority in the parliamentary party, in the central committee and in the party’s secretariat,” said Bishnu Rijal, a member of the NCP’s central committee.

“Instead of looking for a compromise within the party, he decided to dissolve parliament.”

The politics in Nepal between China and India are also influenced by the priorities of its huge neighbors. India has struggled against Beijing’s growing clout in a country that New Delhi sees as its own backyard.

Oli adjutant Rajan Bhattarai said the prime minister responded to the backlash from his party, which also asked him to consider resigning as president.

Politicians and social media users said the ruling party should have tried other political combinations to run the country instead of holding an early election if their tourism-dependent economy was hit by the pandemic.

The 2015 Nepalese charter does not give the prime minister the prerogative to dissolve parliament without exhausting alternatives, said constitutional expert Bipin Adhikari.

“It is unconstitutional on the face of it,” he said, adding that the decision could be challenged in the Supreme Court, which can take a few weeks to determine its legality.

Dozens of protesters gathered near the prime minister’s office, calling the move unconstitutional.

After his 2017 victory, Oli had vowed to ensure political stability and fight corruption and poverty, but has made little progress, especially since the pandemic.

Coronavirus infections have hit 253,772 with 1,788 deaths in the country of 30 million people.

“Prime Minister Oli has decided to betray the people’s mandate for stability, development and dignity,” tweeted former diplomat Dinesh Bhattarai.