Deuba to seek vote of confidence later today as restored House convenesThe Congress leader was appointed prime minister on July 13 as per July 12 court order which also reinstated the House.
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is set to seek a vote of confidence on Sunday as the restored House of Representatives convenes its meeting.
Deuba was appointed prime minister on July 13 as per the July 12 verdict of the Supreme Court.
The court also reinstated the House of Representatives dissolved on May 21.
The Cabinet on Thursday recommended the House session for 4pm Sunday.
The constitution makes it mandatory that a prime minister appointed under Article 76(5) secures a vote of confidence within 30 days of appointment. A failure to win the vote of confidence leads to dissolution of the House, and elections must be held within six months.
“A proposal for the vote of trust has already been registered in the Parliament Secretariat ” said Shreedhar Neupane, a media expert of Speaker Agni Sapkota. “The prime minister will go for a floor test in the second meeting of the House of Representatives today.”
Deuba needs 136 votes to win the vote of trust in the lower house which currently has 271 members.
The Nepali Congress has 61 seats while coalition partner Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) has 49 seats. The Upendra Yadav-led faction of the Janata Samajbadi Party, which has at least 12 lawmakers, too has stood with Deuba. Similarly, Rastriya Janamorcha with one seat also has decided to vote for Deuba.
For Deuba to win the vote of confidence, he, however, will need the support of the Madhav Nepal faction of the UML. The party’s Standing Committee has decided to stand against the vote of trust motion.