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House to begin speaker election process after one week

A meeting of the Business Advisory Committee of the House of Representatives, in Kathmandu, on Friday, December 20, 2019.

Kathmandu, December 20

Though the House of Representatives is all set to convene its first meeting on Friday, it is likely to prorogue the session for at least one week. It means the House will not begin a process to elect its speaker anytime soon.

A meeting of the Business Advisory Committee today decided to prorogue the meeting till next Friday, December 27.

Sources inside the ruling Nepal Communist Party say deputy speaker Shiva Maya Tumbahamphe is likely to tender her resignation in the gap. Tumbahamphe is resigning because the constitution does not allow both speaker and deputy to belong to one single party, and hence the NCP cannot contest the speaker’s election as long as Tumbahamphe remains in the post.

The ruling party, however, is not sure who will contest the election representing the party. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli wants to field his confidante Subas Chandra Nembang, but there is pressure on executive chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to forward Agni Prasad Sapkota.

 

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