In Nepal, president initiates government formation after prime minister loses vote of confidence

By PTI, 11 May
K.P. Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Nepal (photo credit: laosnews.net)
K.P. Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Nepal (photo credit: laosnews.net)
The Office of the President, in a statement on Monday, said President Bhandari has decided to invite parties to form a majority government pursuant to Article 76 (2) of the Constitution of Nepal. The president’s announcement came shortly after [Prime Minister] Oli lost a trust vote in the House of Representatives. Oli, who decided to seek the trust of the 275-member house on his government, managed to garner only 93 votes, which fell short of 43 votes to reach the 136-mark and win the vote of confidence during a special session of the lower house. [...] With Oli failing the trust vote, the president needs to invoke Article 76 (2) to form a new government. It says in cases where no party has a clear majority in the house, the president shall appoint as the prime minister a member of the house who can command the majority with the support of two or more parties in the House of Representatives.
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