Petition filed in Supreme Court against dissolution of Parliament: Amore

Kathmandu: Nepal’s opposition coalition filed a petition in the Supreme Court today, terming the President’s decision to dissolve the House of Representatives as unconstitutional. The leader of the coalition reached the Supreme Court two days after President Vidya Devi Bhandari dissolved the house on the recommendation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. The petitioners have demanded in the petition that Sher Bahadur Devba, President of the Nepali Congress, be appointed Prime Minister of Nepal under Section 76 (5). According to The Himalayan Times, opposition leaders in the petition also demanded that the announcement of the November elections be rejected, that election-related events be suspended during the epidemic, and the House be summoned to present the budget. The petitioners stated that it is unconstitutional to dissolve the House as a new government can be formed under Article 76 (5) of the Constitution of Nepal. 26 leaders opposing Oli have also signed a letter demanding that Devba be made the Prime Minister. On Friday, Devba claimed to have formed the government, saying she had the support of 149 MPs out of 275. -PTI

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