Nepal’s caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has called a meeting of the Security Council on Tuesday morning amid growing political uncertainty following his decision to dissolve Parliament last year. Oli, who is also the chairman of the Security Council, has called a meeting at his official residence in Baluwatar at 9:30 am.
The meeting may include Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali, Finance Minister Bishnu Podel, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Papa and Chief of Army Staff Purna Chandra. “This is a regular meeting which is always held after a certain time,” Defense Secretary Reshmi Raj Pandey told news agency ANI in a telephone conversation.
This meeting is a constitutional provision for the National Security Council. The chairmanship of the Prime Minister is organized to formulate policies related to the overall national interest, security, and defense.
Nearly two years ahead of schedule, the last round of meetings was held on 21 December last year, a day after Oli dissolved the parliament for a new election. The latest round of the Security Council meeting comes as the Supreme Court prepares to pronounce its judgment in more than a dozen cases challenging Oli’s move to dissolve Parliament.