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The President of Nepal Dissolves Parliament; elections next spring

 The President of Nepal Dissolves Parliament; elections next spring

Nepal's president dissolved parliament on Sunday after the prime minister made the recommendation amid a growing dispute within his Communist Party that is likely to push the Himalayan nation into a political crisis.

Parliamentary elections will be held on April 30 and May 10, according to a statement from President Bidya Devi Bhandari's office.

Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli decided to dissolve Parliament in a cabinet meeting on Sunday and immediately presented his recommendation.

Oli became prime minister after his Communist Party of Nepal won the elections three years ago. Oli's party and the party of the former Maoist rebels had merged to form a strong communist party to win the elections.

However, there has been a power struggle with the leader of the former Maoist rebels, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who is also the co-chair of the party. Oli has refused to succeed him as prime minister or head the party, causing problems within the party.

The opposition has repeatedly accused Oli's government of corruption and his administration has faced criticism for its handling of the coronavirus. The number of virus cases in Nepal has reached 243,184, including 1,777 deaths.

Oli has also been accused of reaching out to China and moving away from Nepal's traditional partner, India, since he took power. This has caused problems between Oli and New Delhi.

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