PM doesn’t have right to dissolve House: Speaker

Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota receives a memorandum from women leaders, in Kathmandu, on Thursday, December 31, 2020.

Kathmandu, December 31

Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota says the prime minister does not have any right to dissolve the House of Representatives.

Sapkota’s response comes 11 days after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli dissolved the lower house after he failed to solve the internal dispute in his Nepal Communist Party, which ultimately resulted in a split.

Receiving a memorandum from representatives of women’s wings of major political parties about the issue, the speaker on Thursday said, “Our constitution has not given the right to dissolve the House to the PM in this context. I have already made my opinion clear about it.”

He said he was preparing to tell the same thing to the Supreme Court in response to a case filed against the dissolution.

Sapkota said he was consulting stakeholders about the role he could play to end the current political crisis.

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