After the recommendations of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Sunday dissolved the Parliament.

The President announced mid-term general election to be held in two phases in April and May next year.

According to a notice issued by the Rashtrapati Bhawan, President Bhandari announced that the first phase of polls will be held on April 30, 2021 while the second phase of the mid-term general election will be held on May 10.

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Bhandari dissolved the Parliament as per Article 76, clause 1 and 7, and Article 85 of the Constitution of Nepal, the notice said.

An emergency Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Oli, decided to recommend the President for the dissolution of the House of Representatives of the Parliament.

The 275-member House of Representatives is the Lower House of Parliament in Nepal.

The House of Representatives was elected in 2017.

The Upper House in Nepal is the National Assembly.

The Cabinet decision was taken in the morning on Saturday at the residence of Prime Minister Oli after talks with party co-chairman and dissident leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda failed.

The move comes after months-long tussle between two factions, one led by 68-year-old Oli and party’s chairman and another led by 66-year-old Prachanda, also the executive chair of the party and former premier.

Former Prime Minister Jhalnath Khanal said Prime Minister Oli will pay the price for taking the ‘extreme and unconstitutional act’ without taking the party into confidence.

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