PM hints at possibility of lockdown extension, rules out all-party mechanism

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and other ministers during a video conference.

Kathmandu, April 11

Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has hinted at the possibility of extending the nationwide lockdown imposed to control the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Likewise, he says the country does not need any other body to deal with the crisis except the government.

In a video conference with chief ministers of all the provinces on Saturday, the prime minister said the government would not end the lockdown anytime soon as the number of infected cases was increasing in India at a steady rate. Otherwise, the lockdown was scheduled to end the coming Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Oli also requested chief ministers of the provinces that share borders with India to further tighten border security measures to protect the country from the outbreak.

During the meeting, Oli said the government was efficient enough to control the pandemic in the country, hence we would not favour any other mechanism. His statement apparently targets a demand for an all-party mechanism demanded by smaller parties.

“The government itself is an authority. Another mechanism is not required. No one should act as if they are issuing directives while staying at home whereas the government’s authority is working.”

During the meeting, the chief ministers informed the prime minister about initiatives they have taken about controlling the coronavirus outbreak, informs Oli’s press advisor Surya Thapa.

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