Nepal’s President Dissolved the Lower House of Parliament

Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandhari announced Saturday night the dissolution of the House of Representatives of the national parliament.

The president’s office specified that Bhandhari dissolved the House of Representatives under Article 76(7) of the country’s constitution. The president also noted that neither Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli (representing the Communist Party of Nepal) nor opposition representative Sher Bahadur Deuba (leader of the Nepali Congress Party) had enough support for her to direct either of them to form a government immediately.

Nepal’s lower house of parliament was dissolved for the second time in five months: last December 20, Prime Minister Oli announced the dissolution of the chamber and called for early elections on April 30 and May 10. On 23 February, however, the Supreme Court overturned the decision as unconstitutional.