Nepal’s president dissolved Parliament after the prime minister made the recommendation amid an escalating feud within his Communist Party that is likely to push the Himalayan nation into a political crisis.
Parliamentary elections will be held on April 30 and May 10, according to a statement from President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s office.
The country’s prime minister Khadga Prasad Oli decided to dissolve Parliament at a Cabinet meeting on Sunday and immediately presented his recommendation.
Mr Oli’s party and the party of former Maoist rebels had merged to form a strong communist party to win the election.
There has, however, been a power tussle with the leader of the former Maoists rebels, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who is also the co-chairman of the party.
Mr Oli has refused to succeed him as the prime minister or lead the party, causing problems within the party.
The number of virus cases in Nepal has reached 243,184, including 1,777 deaths.
Mr Oli also has been accused of moving closer to China and drifting away from Nepal’s traditional partner India since taking over power.
This has caused problems between Mr Oli and New Delhi.