President repeals two ordinances that were promulgated five days agoThe government earlier on Friday had decided to recommend repealment of the ordinances.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Friday repealed the two ordinances that were promulgated on Monday.
Issuing a statement, the Office of the President said the ordinances were repealed at the recommendation of the Council of Ministers as per Article 114 (2) (b) of the constitution.
The Oli Cabinet on Monday afternoon had recommended ordinances on the Political Party Act and Constitution Council (Functions, Duties and Procedures) Act, which were promulgated by the President the same evening.
The Oli government had run into controversy and received criticism from various sections, including from leaders within his own Nepal Communist Party, for issuing the ordinances despite reservations from his own Cabinet members.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, however, had defended the decision, saying the ordinances were introduced in line with legal and constitutional provisions.
The government can recommend ordinances as per Article 114 (1) of the constitution.
Article 114 (1) states that if, at any time, except when both Houses of the Federal Parliament are in session, circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action, the President may, on recommendation of the Council of Ministers, promulgate an Ordinance.
Article (2) (b), however, states that an ordinance promulgated under clause (1) may be repealed at any time by the President.
In the wake of severe criticism,a Cabinet meeting earlier on Friday had decided to recommend repealment of the ordinances to the President.
“The Cabinet decided to recommend repealment of the ordinances following excessive criticism,” Energy Minister Barsaman Pun had told the Post earlier on Friday.
The ordinance related to political parties sought to ease the provision for party split and registration of a new party, while the one related to the Constitutional Council sought to ease appointment of office bearers in the constitutional bodies.