May 14, 2021, Friday

Prime Minister has no right to dissolve the parliament: Speaker Sapkota

Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota said that the constitution has not given prime minister any right to dissolve the House of Representatives.

Sapkota took 11 days to respond after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli dissolved the lower house. PM Oli went on to dissolve the lower house after he failed to solve the internal dispute in his Nepal Communist Party (NCP). This eventually led NCP to split.

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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 the PM to dissolve the House 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.