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Nepal VP to be reinstated after language fight

Nepal VP to be reinstated after language fight

Nepal's vice president may be reinstated after losing his job because he refused to take his oath of office in the official Nepali language, officials said Friday.
Lawmakers amended the laws in a vote late Thursday to allow Vice President Paramananda Jha to retake the oath in Hindi, commonly spoken in neighboring India, and resume his job, said Parliament Speaker Subash Nemwang.
Jha refused to take the oath in the Nepali language while being sworn in 2008, saying he wanted to highlight the fact that many Nepalese speak Hindi and it should be recognized as an official language. Jha comes from southern Nepal, where Hindi is widely spoken.
Jha was removed as vice president last year by the Supreme Court. The law previously stated Nepal's president, vice president and prime minister must take the oath of office in the Nepali language. The amendment now allows them to do so in other languages as well, parliament official Tek Prasad Dhungana said.
Street protests broke out in 2008 after Jha took the oath in Hindi. Demonstrators called for a public apology, and a lawsuit was filed alleging Jha had not followed the law.


Updated : 2020-12-02 12:45 GMT+08:00