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Longest House session prorogued

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KATHMANDU — The longest running  House session in Nepal’s parliamentary history came to an end on Thursday after 381 days. The session commenced on May 3, 2016.

Speaker Onsari Gharti read out a letter from the Office of the President in a House meeting on Thursday and announced the closure of session.

According to  constitutional provisions, the president can commence and prorogue parliamentary sessions upon the recommendation of the government.

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Though there is a tradition of closing the budget session once the full budget for the fiscal year is endorsed, the ongoing session has continued even after endorsement of the budget for fiscal year 2016-17.

The government is planning to commence the budget session from Monday, May 22.

The previous longest House session started in 2011. Beginning from May 2, 2011, it ended on February 21, 2012, thus lasting for a total of 295 days.

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Provincial members take oath of office and secrecy

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Elected members of Provincial Assembly from Province 4 taking oath of office and secrecy

KATHMANDU — Provincial governors of six provinces, except Province 7, have administered oath of office and secrecy to elected members of Provincial Assembly on Sunday.

The governor of Province 7, Mohan Raj Malla, will be administering the oath to Provincial Assembly members at around 2:30 PM at the Kailali District Coordination Committee Hall today itself.

While the swearing-in ceremony was scheduled for 1 PM today, there has been a delay after Malla had to travel by road after his flight got delayed.

The swearing was held as per the constitution.

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The Provincial Chiefs administered the oath to the senior most member of the provincial assembly followed by the latter administering the oath to the remaining members of the House.

Earlier on January 19, the newly appointed governors of the seven provinces took oath of office and secrecy from President Bidhya Devi Bhandari at Shital Niwas.

Then Election Commission had submitted the list of candidates elected to the provincial assemblies to the seven governors soon after they took their oath from the President.

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