PM Oli dissolves the Nepal Parliament, general election scheduled two years before time

PM Oli dissolves the Nepal Parliament, general election scheduled two years before time

Nepal, December 21: An emergency cabinet meeting was held on 20th December by PM K.P. Sharma Oli where he recommended the dissolution of the Nepal Parliament to President Bhandari.

The President in response approved and dissolved the Parliament, scheduling the general election two years ahead of its time to be held on April-May 2021. The first phase of polling begins on 30th April and the second phase on 10th May.

As informed by sources, the PM along with seven ministers stepped down as they lost the majority party. Oli's government has weathered accusations of corruption and criticism for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The crisis leading to the option of either leave his position or leave party realm but his decision to request a new poll comes after months of clashes with Pushpa Kamal Dahal, a former insurgent leader who helped Oli come to power when their political parties merged in 2018.

Members of Oli's Party stated PM sudden was also triggered by the possibility of a no-confidence vote against him in the Parliament. Analysts said the dissolution of parliament was likely to be challenged in court.

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