The Supreme Court of Nepal on Tuesday overturned the prime minister’s decision to dissolve parliament, calling the move unconstitutional.
In December, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli abruptly dismissed the House of Representatives and accused members of his Communist Party of Nepal for not being cooperative. He called for elections in April and May.
More than a dozen letters were filed with the Supreme Court challenging its decision amid a wave of protests and clashes in the streets.
“The Supreme Court ordered the re-establishment of the defunct House of Representatives after it concluded that the government’s decision was unconstitutional and against parliamentary practice,” Supreme Court press expert Kishor Poudel told AFP.
Poudel said the court ordered a session of parliament within 13 days.
The court’s decision was welcomed by both the opposition and members of the dissident faction of Oli’s own party.
Narayan Kaji Shrestha, spokesman for the group, said the court had “protected the spirit of democracy”.
“The prime minister should resign on moral grounds and take responsibility for his unconstitutional attempt. Otherwise we will make the necessary decision from parliament,” said Shrestha.
The Oli government came to power by a two-thirds majority in 2018 to end years of instability and short-lived governments made worse by a devastating earthquake in 2015.
The dissolution of parliament came after months of clashes with former Maoist rebel leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who helped Oli merge their parties to power in 2018.
Oli has now left an unofficial split in the party without a majority in parliament, and it is likely that he will face a vote of no confidence.
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