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Nepal Communist Party expells prime minister Oli for dissolving Parliament

KATHMANDU: Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party over his decision to dissolve the Parliament.

The decision was taken at a meeting on Sunday by the Central Committee.

The decision was taken after repeated threats by the rival faction leaders who had said that they would revoke Oli’s membership over his decision to dissolve the Nepal Parliament.

Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 last year after the Prime Minister Oli, in a surprise move, recommended dissolution of Parliament amidst a tussle for power with former PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda. Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari accepted the recommendations and Parliamentary elections are scheduled for April 30 and May 10.

The Prachanda-led faction of the party came down heavily on this move saying, by dissolving the House, Oli has given a blow to the Constitution as well as the democratic republic system.

The Oli-led CPN-UML and Prachanda-led NCP (Maoist Centre) had merged in May 2018 to form a unified Nepal Communist Party.

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