Prez Bhandari annuls ordinance amending Constitutional Council  procedure

Published On: July 18, 2021 03:17 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 18: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has annulled an ordinance which was issued to amend the provisions of the Constitutional Council. 

According to the Office of President, the ordinance which was issued on December 15, last year, has been annulled on the recommendation of the Council of Ministers as per Article 114(2) of the constitution, on Sunday. 

The ordinance, named Constitutional Council (Functions, Duties, Powers and Procedures) 2077 (First amendment), was recommended to President Bhandari by the then KP Sharma Oli government a few days before the dissolution of the House of Representatives (HoR) for the first time on December 20, last year.

The Oli government made more than  50 appointments at various constitutional bodies based on the amendments made through the ordinance. Those appointed as per the ordinance did not go through the mandatory constitutional provision of parliamentary hearing, either.

A number of writ petitions demanding the invalidation of those appointments are pending at the Supreme Court.

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