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Nepal’s Oli to seek vote of confidence on May 10

Kathmandu: Nepal’s embattled Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli will seek a vote of confidence from Parliament on May 10 in his bid to stay in power.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari, on the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli, summoned a Parliament session on May 10 to obtain a vote of confidence in his government, according to an official statement.

Oli, 69, requires at least 136 votes in the 275-member House of Representatives, the lower house of Parliament, to win the confidence motion as four members are currently under suspension.

Oli said that he would try to win the trust of Parliament to stay in power, Nepalese media reported.

His decision comes amid the current chaotic state of political affairs in the country that emerged since the Prime Minister’s controversial move to dissolve the House of Representatives in December last year.

“The Prime Minister will seek a vote of confidence on May 10,” Lila Nath Shrestha, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, told the Kathmandu Post. “This is just a day-long session.”

Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 last year after President Bhandari dissolved the House and announced fresh elections on April 30 and May 10 at the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli, amidst a tussle for power within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP).

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Nepal SC orders Parliament’s reinstatement

Kathmandu: In a blow to Nepal’s Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli, the Supreme Court ordered the reinstatement of Parliament after it was dissolved by him.

The order came in response to several cases filed with the court charging that Oli’s decision to dissolve the legislature was unconstitutional. The court said a meeting of the reinstated Parliament must be called within 13 days.

The order will cause political trouble for Oli since he will not have a majority of votes in a reinstated Parliament.

Since Parliament’s dissolution in December, there have been regular street protests against Oli by tens of thousands of people in Kathmandu and other cities.

Oli decided to dissolve Parliament and hold new elections because of an escalating feud within his governing Nepal Communist Party.

He became prime minister after the party won elections three years ago. Oli’s party and the party of former Maoist rebels had merged to form a strong Communist party to win the elections.

However, there has been a power struggle between Oli and the leader of the former Maoists rebels, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who is also co-chair of the party. The two had previously agreed that they would split the five-year prime minister’s term between them, but Oli has refused to allow Dahal to take over.

Oli has been accused of moving closer to China and drifting away from Nepal’s traditional partner, India, since taking power. This has caused problems between India and Nepal. (Hindustan Times)

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Nepal PM says ruling party tried to form parallel govt

Kathmandu: Defending his move to dissolve the House of Representatives, Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has blamed some leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) for attempting to form a “parallel government”.

Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 after Oli, in a surprise move, dissolved the House of Representatives, amidst a tussle for power with his rival Pushpa Kamal Dahal ”Prachanda”. His move to dissolve the 275-member House sparked protests from a large section of the NCP led by Prachanda, also a co-chair of the ruling party.

The Prachanda-led faction has been holding anti-government protest rallies and public gatherings in various parts of the country, including Kathmandu.

Both Prachanda and the rival Oli group claim to control the Nepal Communist Party and the issue is being disputed at the Election Commission.

Oli said that his government had been facing obstacles similar to that of a coalition government for the past one year.

Blaming his own party colleagues, he defended his move to dissolve the House, saying that some leaders of the party attempted to form a “parallel government”.

The Prachanda-led faction, which is currently launching agitation to get official recognition from the Election Commission as the legitimate NCP, held a massive rally last week in a bid to show its strength.

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Nepal House approves new map with Indian territories

New Delhi: Nepal’s House of Representative has unanimously endorsed the Constitution Amendment Bill to adopt a new map of the country which includes Indian areas of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura, according to media reports in Nepal.

The proposal was backed by Nepal Communist Party headed by Prime Minister K.P. Oli, the opposition Nepali Congress and Madhesi-based parties.

Nepal’s Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shivamaya Tumbahangphe had on May 30 tabled the bill for discussions in the Parliament to update the country’s map and amend the Constitution.

On May 28, India had said that it was open to engage with Nepal on the basis of mutual respect and in an environment of trust to resolve the boundary issue. This came after Nepal had issued a new political map which included Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani, areas which have been part of the Indian territory.

On May 8, after Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a new road connecting the Lipulekh pass in Uttarakhand with the Kailash Mansarovar route in China, Nepal had protested against it and threatened to put up a security post in the area.

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