The Supreme Court had sealed his claim for the post of Prime Minister, removing KP Sharma Oli. The President’s Office informed Deuba about his appointment.
Oli raised questions on the Supreme Court’s decision (file photo)
KP Sharma Oli, who was forced to resign from the post of Prime Minister after the decision of the Supreme Court of Nepal, on Tuesday accused the court of giving a ‘deliberate’ decision in favor of the opposition parties and said That it will have a ‘long-term effect’ on the multi-party parliamentary system in the country. Addressing the nation, 69-year-old Oli also said that despite being the “choice of the people”, he is resigning as the Supreme Court has replaced him with Nepali Congress chief and Leader of Opposition Sher Bahadur Deuba. to be appointed as the Prime Minister.
Oli said in Nepali language, ‘Playing the game is the duty of the players. The referee is there to maintain fair play, not to help one team win. He accused the top court of “deliberately” passing the verdict in favor of the opposition parties. Nepal’s Supreme Court in a significant decision on Monday directed President Bidya Devi Bhandari to appoint Nepalese Congress chief Sher Bahadur Deuba as prime minister by Tuesday and restore the dissolved House of Representatives for the second time in five months.
There may be a decline in the credibility of the court
On May 22, President Vidya Devi Bhandari dissolved the 275-member lower house for the second time in five months on the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli and announced mid-term elections on November 12 and 19. Oli was quoted as saying in a report by ‘My Republica’ newspaper, ‘The terms and language used in the judgment have worried all those who believe in a multi-party system. This order will have a ‘long-term impact’ on the system.
He said his party would implement the apex court’s decision. Oli, however, said the party system and multi-party democracy were certain to be destroyed. He also blamed the court for ‘excessive judicial activism’. He said that this could bring down the credibility of the court. He said, ‘I have been thrown out not because of the mandate of the people but because of the order of the court.’
Deuba became prime minister for the fifth time
Prior to this, Deuba has been the Prime Minister of Nepal four times – the first time September 1995 – March 1997, the second time July 2001 – October 2002, the third time June 2004 – February 2005 and the fourth time from June 2017 – February 2018. Deuba will have to seek a vote of confidence in the House within 30 days of his appointment as prime minister under the constitutional provision.
The Supreme Court on Monday quashed Prime Minister Oli’s May 21 decision to dissolve the House of Representatives and ordered the appointment of Deuba as prime minister. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana had said that Oli’s claim to the post of prime minister was unconstitutional.
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