The Prime Minister of Nepal, Bidhya Devi Bhandari, on Friday midnight dissolved the parliament and ordered for fresh polls within six months. This decision was made on the recommendation of the Cabinet which was headed by Caretaker Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli.
The president has announced fresh dates for the mid-term elections in November which will be held between November 12 to 18 in two phases, according to the officials. Source - The Hindu.
The announcement of the dissolution of the government came after Prime Minister Oli recommended the dissolution of the 275-member House following an emergency midnight Cabinet meeting. Oli was appointed the Prime Minister recently when the Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuja, who was leading the opposition party, failed to form a coalition government.
A press statement issued by the Office of President said the Parliament was dissolved and they announced dates of midterm polls in line with Article 76 (7) of the Constitution of Nepal.
The move followed a notice from the Office of the President which said that it could appoint neither K.P. Sharma Oli, the incumbent Prime Minister, nor Sher Bahadur Deuba, Nepali Congress president, as claims made by both to form a new government was insufficient.
According to Nepalese media, leaders of both parties have claimed to have the support of some lawmakers and their names are present on the list of both leaders.
Mr. Oli reached to the President's office Shital Niwas and presented his list, in which he claimed to have the support of 153 lawmakers from the House of Representatives just a day after he recommended starting the formation of the new government under article 76 (5) of the constitution, quoting, he does not have enough support to pass another floor test.
In Oli's list, there were signatures of Janata Samajbadi Party - Nepal chair Mahanta Thakur and Rajendra Mahato, the party's parliamentary party leader along with his own signature.
The Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba presented his list with other leaders of the Opposition alliance with 149 lawmakers, including 27 lawmakers from the Khanal - Nepal faction of the CPN - UML, few minutes after Oli represented his list in Shital Niwas.
The President apparently told the Opposition leaders that she would take a call after consulting constitutional experts, The Himalayan Times reported.
Yet a conflict has stimulated after a statement came out from the lawmakers of Madhav Nepal faction, claiming that their signatures were misused and they haven't signed on any papers for installation of Opposition leader Deuba as the Prime Minister against their own party chief, the report said.