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House dissolution debate: Final verdict on/after July 12

File image: Supreme Court of Nepal

Kathmandu, July 5

Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana has announced the Supreme Court will announce the final verdict on the debate about the constitutionality of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s decision to dissolve the House of Representatives on or after next Monday, July 12.

Concluding the heading of the case, Chief Justice Rana as the leader of the five-member constitutional bench announced the next session of the hearing would be scheduled for July 12.

Many had expected that the court will issue its verdict this week.

While several writ petitions had been filed against Oli’s move, the court had decided to issue a verdict on the petition filed by the main opposition leader Sher Bahadur Deuba among 146 lawmakers first and began the hearing. After the pleading on behalf of the petitioners and the government, the court also heard four amici curiae sent by the central committee and the Supreme Court chapter of the Nepal Bar Association about the issue on Monday.

Of four senior advocates, two argued the House should be reinstated while two others said Oli’s move was right.

Arguing the House could not elect a prime minister that would secure a majority in the House while it also did not give him majority support, the Oli-led government had announced the dissolution of the House on May 22.

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