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Nepal PM Sher Bahadur Deuba set to seek vote of confidence in Parliament


KATHMANDU: The new Prime Minister of Nepal, Sher Bahadur Deuba, will face a vote of confidence in the reinstatement of the Lower House of Parliament on Sunday, according to media reports.
Deuba, 75, president of the Nepalese Congress, took the oath and secrecy on July 13, a day after a five-member constitutional court of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana reinstated the dissolved House of Representatives for the second time in five months.
The lower house was unconstitutionally dissolved by President Bidya Devi Bhandari for the second time in five months on May 22 on the recommendation of then-Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli.
The first meeting of the restored House will be held at 4 pm local time on Sunday in the Federal Parliament Building, New Baneshwar.
The president had called the meeting of both Houses of Parliament on Sunday.
Government Spokesperson and Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary affairs, Gyanendra Karki registered the trust motion in the Federal Parliament Secretariatreported
“A proposal for the vote of confidence has already been registered in the Secretariat of Parliament,” Shreedhar Neupane, press adviser to President Agni Sapkota, told The Kathmandu Post.
“The prime minister will go to a floor test at the second meeting of the House of Representatives today (Sunday),” he said.
The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Center) and the Upendra Yadav faction of the Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP) have decided to vote in favor of Deuba during the vote of confidence.
Former Prime Minister and Leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) Jhalanath Khanal, who is being treated at a hospital in New Delhi, has issued a statement calling on his party’s lawmakers to vote in favor of Deuba.
In the 275-member House, where 271 votes will be counted, Deuba must get at least 136 votes to win the trust of Parliament.
If the vote of confidence is not won, the Chamber will be dissolved and elections will be held within six months.
In the lower house of Parliament, the ruling Nepalese Congress (NC) has 61 members, while its coalition partner CPN (Maoist Center) has 48 members, excluding President Sapkota.
The main opposition CPN-UML, which is Oli’s party, has 121 members in the lower house, the JSP has 32 members, and the other three fringe parties each have one member. There is also an independent legislator.
A total of 26 legislators belonging to the UML, who are close to Madhav Nepal, had backed Deuba when he filed a claim for the post of prime minister under Article 76 (5) of the Constitution.
Deuba, who was appointed prime minister under article 76 (5) with the backing of the Nepal faction of UML and the Yadav faction of JSP, will have to be supported by these factions to win the vote of confidence.

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