Sher Bahadur Deuba will take oath as the Prime Minister of Nepal on Tuesday. The opposition is also preparing to form the government under his leadership.
Sher Bahadur Deuba (File Photo)
The Supreme Court of Nepal on Monday restored the dissolved lower house of Parliament. Also within two days, an order was issued to appoint Sher Bahadur Deuba, President of Nepali Congress, as the Prime Minister. Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba will take oath as the Prime Minister of Nepal on Tuesday. He will replace KP Sharma Oli.
Deuba will be Nepal’s second prime minister to become prime minister through a Supreme Court order reinstating the dissolved lower house and nominating the opposition leader as his successor. Former Prime Minister and one of the leaders of the opposition alliance, Baburam Bhattarai said, “As per the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday, Hon’ble Sher Bahadur Deuba will form a new cabinet, for which we will consult and discuss.” The Supreme Court’s decision has dealt a big blow to Oli, who was busy preparing for the elections.
Opposition in preparation to form coalition government under the leadership of Deuba
At the same time, Nepal’s opposition coalition decided on Monday that it will work towards forming a coalition government under the leadership of Ek Deuba. In the coalition meeting held on Monday afternoon, it was decided to work towards forming a small cabinet on Tuesday. According to coalition leaders, the meeting stressed the need to make the alliance more effective, The Himalayan Times reported. The alliance includes Nepali Congress, CPN (Maoist Centre), CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal-Jhalanath Khanal faction, Upendra Yadav faction of Janata Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Jan Morcha.
Nepal caught in political crisis last year
The Nepalese 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. Nepal was plunged into a political crisis on December 20 last year when President Bhandari dissolved the lower house of parliament on the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli amid a tussle over supremacy in the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (NCP) and on April 30. And on May 10, new elections were announced.
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