Nepal President dissolves Parliament and declares elections for November 12 and 19

President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved the House of Representatives on the recommendation of Prime Minister KP Oli’s cabinet.

President Bhandari of Nepal dissolved parliament and announced that mid-term elections would be held on November 12 and 19, one year ahead of schedule.

The President’s Office said in a statement that the President dissolved the House on the recommendation of the cabinet, in accordance with Article 76(7) of the Constitution.

The decision has thrown the country into yet another political quagmire as it battles the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Oli called an emergency cabinet meeting at the PM’s official office at midnight on Friday, shortly after the President’s Office issued a notice invalidating both claims submitted to form a majority government.

PM Oli and NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba both filed claims on Friday.