Prime Minister Oli fails to receive vote of confidence

Kathmandu: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has failed to get a vote of confidence through a special session of the House of Representatives. He has failed to get a vote of confidence through the parliament as per Article 100, Clause 1 of the Constitution.

Out of the 232 votes cast in the meeting, Prime Minister Oli got 93 votes only. One hundred and twenty-four people have voted in the same opposition while 15 have remained neutral.

Although Prime Minister Oli’s party, the CPN-UML, has 121 MPs, members of the Madhav Nepal-Jhala Nath Khanal faction didn’t participated on today’s meeting.

Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota declared that the attempt to get a vote of confidence from Prime Minister Oli had failed as the majority of the existing members was not enough.

Earlier, the Supreme Court ruled that Prime Minister Oli’s move to dissolve the House of Representatives was unconstitutional.

Even after the parliament was restored, Prime Minister Oli continued to lead the government. With Prime Minister Oli failing to get a vote of confidence in the House of Representatives, the way is now open to form a new government.

The Congress is preparing to present a demand to the President, claiming that the majority is in favor of an alliance with itself. Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections, but will seek to have the government re-elected.

Earlier, Prime Minister Oli had said that the House of Representatives would not be dissolved again if the party leaders gave their vote of confidence. If political parties fail to form a government on the basis of a majority, the president has a constitutional provision to elect the leader of the largest parliamentary party as prime minister.