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Hundreds protest against Nepali PM’s sudden dissolution of parliament

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KATHMANDU (Reuters), 25 Dec, 2020 - Nepal’s Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli faced a fresh political challenge on Friday as hundreds of opponents protested against his sudden move to dissolve parliament and call elections more than a year ahead of the schedule.


Three former prime ministers joined hundreds of activists who sat on a road near Oli’s office demanding he reverse the decisions announced on Sunday, which have triggered deep political unrest in the Himalayan nation just as it grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. The ex-premiers said Oli had no power to dissolve parliament and that he had violated the constitution.


“We’ll organise stronger protests against this dissolution by an unrestrained prime minister,” said Prachanda, one former prime minister.


Oli has rejected their demands and vowed to press ahead with parliamentary elections next year, on Apr. 30 and May 10. It is not uncommon for Nepali polls to take place over two days.

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