On Monday, the Supreme court of Nepal has appointed Sher Bahadur Deuba as Prime Minister. It also reinstated the dissolved House of Representatives.
On May 22, 2021, Nepal’s President Bidya Bhandari dissolved the lower house for the second time. The 2nd time dissolution occurred just in a span of 5 months. Challenging the dissolution 30 petitions were filed by the opposition parties in the Supreme Court of Nepal.
All the political parties who opposed Nepal Communist Party (NCP) candidate and present KP Sharma Oli’s decision to go for fresh elections and was challenged in Nepal’s Supreme Court. The result is a major setback for KP Sharma Oli.
The Constitutional Bench of the apex court comprising of 5 judges led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana after concluding the hearings last week, delivered the judgement to appoint the Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba as the prime minister.
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Nepal politics has been unstable for the past few months since 2020 December 20. Now, after this verdict from the Supreme Court, it is to be seen how the Election commission will proceed. Earlier President has announced fresh elections to be held in two phases on April 30 and May 10 this year basing on Oli’s recommendations.
Oli was in the news for his dynamic and controversial decisions which included the change of map which included some of the Indian territories. His political planning also distanced Nepal from India and improved its relations with China.
However, Oli had repeatedly defended his decision to dissolve the House of Representatives, alleging some of his party leaders were attempting to form a parallel government. And he also recommended President go for the midterm poll. But the opposition party defied this decision and went to Supreme Court to challenge the same. On July 5th, 2021, a 4 member amicus curiae presented its opinion on the House dissolution case.