President of Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari ordered a fresh referendum:

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Nepal: President of Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari ordered a fresh referendum in six months after dissolving Nepal’s parliament at midnight on Friday.

Caretaker Prime Minister K.P. The decision was taken on the recommendation of the Cabinet headed by Sharma Oli. According to official sources, elections will be held between November 12 and 18. The president dissolved parliament on legal advice, with Sharma Oli demanding the formation of a new government.

Oli was recently appointed prime minister after opposition parties led by Nepalcongress leader Sher Bahadur Deuja were unable to form a coalition government. Oli had submitted a list of 153 of his supporters, four more than Deuja’s support figures, adding the names of several protesters to the list.

Opposition parties, including the Nepali Congress, maoist party and samajbadi janata party and opponents of Oli’s Communist Party, including the combined Marxist/Leninist, had warned of widespread protests if the president violated the constitution and retained Oli’s government.

Oli’s government, which was sworn in as prime minister 39 months ago with a two-thirds majority in parliament, became a minority government following a fight in its own party, and the Maoist party’s withdrawal from their alliance forced Oli to step down.

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