Nepal: Supreme Court orders appointment of Sher Bahadur Deuba in afternoon sneak preview

The Supreme Court of Nepal has dealt a heavy blow to Acting Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. The Supreme Court ordered that the president of the Nepalese Congress of the opposition party, Sher Bahadur Deuba, be appointed prime minister within two days. Earlier, President Vidya Devi Bhandari re-appointed Oli interim prime minister after opposition parties failed to secure a majority. Today the Supreme Court overturned the president’s decision to dissolve parliament.

The Supreme Court, in its final ruling on petitions to dissolve parliament, said the president should take the oath to Sher Bahadur Deuba within two days. Earlier, Oli’s lawyers argued that the Supreme Court could not issue an order to make Sher Bahadur Deuba the prime minister. Rejecting this argument, the court paved the way for the new government.

Opposition parties failed to win a majority to form the government
Previously, despite all the scuffles during the vote on the trust motion in Parliament, the opposition parties had failed to muster a majority in the House to form the new government. After Oli lost the vote of confidence, the president set a deadline for forming the government, but Nepalese political parties have yet to come to an agreement on the issue due to factionalism between their factions and Oli was again appointed Prime Minister.

A total of 232 members voted on the confidence motion, of which 15 members remained neutral. Oli needed 136 votes to win the vote of confidence in the 275-member House of Representatives, with four members currently suspended. However, he only got 93 votes and couldn’t prove his majority. After that, his post as prime minister disappeared on the basis of the constitution.

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