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Pushed into minority in party, Nepal PM Oli recommends dissolving House

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli addresses the House of Representatives meeting, sitting on the rostrum, on Wednesday, May 19, 2020.

Kathmandu, December 20

Pushed into a clear minority in the ruling party, Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has recommended dissolving the House of Representatives that elected him.

A cabinet meeting held this morning made the decision.

For the past few months, Oli had lost the support of majority within his Nepal Communist Party. The party’s executive chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and the majority of the leaders were pressuring him to resign, but Oli was adamant.

In response, the rival faction was apparently planning to make the party direct him to leave either the party chairmanship or the premiership.

Negotiators in the party say Oli had warned of dissolving the House so that others also could not replace him before the fresh elections.

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