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Nepal's supreme court reinstates parliament dissolved by prime minister

 Nepal's supreme court struck down the prime minister's decision to dissolve parliament on Tuesday, calling the move unconstitutional.

In December, Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli abruptly removed the House of Representatives and accused members of his Communist Party of Nepal of not cooperating. He called elections in April and May.

Nepal's supreme court reinstates parliament dissolved by prime minister

More than a dozen cars were presented in the Supreme Court challenging his decision, as a wave of protests and clashes took place in the streets.

"The Supreme Court ordered the reinstatement of the dissolved House of Representatives after concluding that the government's decision was unconstitutional and contrary to parliamentary practices," Kishor Poudel, a press expert for the Supreme Court, told AFP.

Poudel said the court had ordered a session of parliament within 13 days.

The court's decision was welcomed by both the opposition and members of the dissident faction in Oli's own party.

Narayan Kaji Shrestha, a spokesman for the faction, said the court has "protected the spirit of democracy."

"The prime minister should resign on moral grounds and take responsibility for his unconstitutional attempt. Otherwise, we will take the necessary decision from parliament," Shrestha said.

Oli's government came to power in 2018 with a two-thirds majority, aiming to end years of instability and short-lived governments exacerbated by a devastating earthquake in 2015.

The dissolution of parliament came after months of clashes with former Maoist rebel leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who helped Oli rise to power when his parties merged in 2018.

An unofficial split in the party has left Oli without a majority in parliament and he is likely to face a vote of no confidence.

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