Nepal's deputy PM loses citizenship case-Xinhua

Nepal's deputy PM loses citizenship case

Source: Xinhua| 2023-01-27 22:51:45|Editor: huaxia

KATHMANDU, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Nepal's Supreme Court on Friday scrapped Rabi Lamichhane's status as a member of the House of Representatives on the grounds that he did not have the Nepali citizenship when he contested the elections, thus rendering his post as deputy prime minister and home minister void.

"As Lamichhane didn't acquire the Nepali citizenship even after renouncing the American citizenship, he cannot hold the position of lawmaker," reads the ruling from a constitutional bench of the Supreme Court.

As chairman of Rastriya Swatantra Party which was founded months ago, Lamichhane took office as deputy prime minister and home minister on Dec. 26, 2022 when the new coalition government was formed, since his party became the fourth largest in the lower house in the Nov. 20 general elections.

"As a consequence of the verdict, Lamichhane, who doesn't have a valid citizenship, cannot continue to hold the ministerial position and lead his party," Bimal Poudel, spokesperson of the Supreme Court, told Xinhua.

One must be a Nepali citizen to form a party, contest elections and hold public offices in Nepal.