Voters in Nepal’s 2013 Constituent Assembly elections. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Krish Dulal (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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Government Type
Federal Parliamentary Republic
30.2 million
Parliamentary Elections
November 26 and December 7, 2017
Local Elections
May 14, June 28, and September 18, 2017

Nepal is not due to hold parliamentary elections until 2023, but in a shock move on December 19, 2020, the president dissolved parliament at the request of Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli, and announced snap elections for April 30 and May 10. However, on February 23, Nepal’s top court invalidated the decision and reinstated parliament. Oli now faces a vote of no confidence.

Curated News and Analysis

Gopal Sharma, Reuters (February 23, 2021): Nepal’s top court orders reinstatement of parliament in blow to PM

Peter Gill, The Diplomat (February 6, 2021): Nepal’s Democracy in Crisis

Al Jazeera (January 25, 2021): Nepal’s caretaker PM removed from governing Communist party

Reuters (December 20, 2020): Nepal Heads to Surprise Election Next Year After PM Loses Ground

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Updated February 28, 2021

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