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Nepal’s Supreme Court reinstates dissolved House of Representatives

Nepal plunged into political crisis on December 20 after the dissolution of the House of Representatives by President Bidya Dev Bhandari

The Supreme Court of Nepal re-established the dissolved House of Representatives on Tuesday, in a setback to besieged Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli who was bracing for snap polls.

A five-member constitutional bench led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JBR overturned the government’s decision to dissolve the 275 members of the lower house of parliament and ordered the government to convene the chamber session within the next 13 days.

Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 after President Bidya Dev Bhandari dissolved the House of Representatives on the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli, amid a power struggle within the ruling party.

Mr. Oli’s decision to dissolve the chamber sparked protests from a large part of the Nepalese Communist Party led by rival Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”, also co-chairman of the ruling party.

Mr Oli has repeatedly defended his decision to dissolve the House of Representatives, saying some leaders of his party were trying to form a “parallel government”.

No fewer than 13 written petitions, including that of the chief whip of the ruling Nepalese Communist Party, Dev Prasad Gurung, have been filed with the Supreme Court to demand the restoration of the lower house parliament.

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