With over two-third majority on his side, Nepal PM to face Trust Vote
(4 months ago)
Kathmandu (Nepal) Mar 11 : The first Prime Minister of new federal Nepal, KP Sharma Oli, will face Vote of Trust in Nepal Parliament on Sunday.
As per schedule from the federal Parliament Secretariat, the trust vote will commence at 3 pm.
Prior to the vote of confidence, a meeting of all parliamentarians is scheduled for 1 pm in the afternoon following the joint meeting of the Communist Party of Nepal - Unified Marxist Leninist and the Maoist Centre.
As per the constitution promulgated in 2015, the Prime Minister is obliged to seek the vote of confidence within 30 days of the commencement of the parliament. The first meeting of the newly elected House of Representative was held on March 5.
In Sunday's vote of confidence, the Rashtriya Janta Party-Nepal (RJP-N) is also voting in favour of the Prime Minister KP Oli. RJP-N is a long time agitating party of Nepal, which has been demanding for the amendment in the constitution and had a spat with CPN-UML.
After one month of being appointed as PM and successfully garnering the support from the disgruntled parties, Oli is sure to mark the majority required to remain in the post.
In case the government fails to get endorsed, then the President should give another chance to garner the majority. However, upon the repeated failure, the President can dissolve the House of Representative and call for another election within six months.
With the widening support and the agreement over the vote move, the Left Alliance, the amalgam of the communist parties of Nepal, has 174 votes in the 275-member House of Representative. The CPN-UML, whose chairman Oli is the current PM of Nepal, has 121 seats in the parliament and MC has 53 members.
If the agitating parties of Nepal, the RJP-N and the Federal Socialist Party- Nepal, which has 16 and 17 votes in the parliament, respectively, vote in favour of PM Oli, he would reach 207, marking a complete majority of two-thirds with 23 votes in addition.
Also, the parties will be voting in favour of incumbent President Bidhya Devi Bhandari which will ensure her continuity of her stay in the office for another term.