Nepal’s government says it will hold a parliamentary election on November 20 amid concerns over high inflation and depleted foreign exchange reserves that have led to rising food and energy prices.
Education Minister Debendra Paudel on Thursday confirmed that a cabinet meeting had approved the date for the election to the 275-member House of Representatives—165 seats on a first-past-the-post basis and the rest through proportional representation.
An alliance of communists, including former Maoist rebels, and the centrist Nepali Congress party of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has held power since July last year.
Former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s Communist UML party, considered closer to Beijing, is the main opposition.
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