Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari has appointed Nepalese Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba as the country’s new prime minister. The president’s office said Sher Bahadur Deuba was appointed prime minister under article 76 (5) of the constitution. Meanwhile, Sher Bahadur Deuba is currently having an in-depth discussion with his coalition partners about the ministers.
According to sources, Deuba can be sworn in as prime minister at 5 p.m. today. Opposition leader Sher Bahadur Deuba is said to be able to form a small cabinet on Tuesday while being sworn in as the country’s prime minister. A day earlier Monday, the Supreme Court, in an important decision, ordered the country’s president, Bidya Devi Bhandari, to appoint Nepalese Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba as prime minister.
A small cabinet will be formed!
At least two senior Nepalese Congress (NC) leaders told The Kathmandu Post that when Deuba, 74, takes the oath on Tuesday, a small cabinet of around seven members could be formed. NC Chief Whip Bal Krishna Khand said: “We initially decided to form a small cabinet. We want to form a coalition government and we have asked other coalition partners to join the government led by Deuba.
According to an NC leader, two members of Congress and the same or only one member of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Center) are likely to be appointed ministers. The report says that as the Madhav Kumar Nepal faction of CPN-UML (Communist Party of Nepal – Unified Marxist Leninist) decided to sever ties with the opposition alliance, Deuba may have difficulty securing the vote of confidence.
“The decision to dissolve the house is unconstitutional”
A five-judge constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana ruled that President Bhandari’s decision to dissolve the lower house on the recommendation of outgoing Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was an unconstitutional act. The bench ordered Deuba’s appointment as prime minister by Tuesday. The court also ordered the convening of a new session of the House of Representatives on July 18 at 5 p.m.