Nepal’s Prime Minister Oli wins trust vote with two-thirds majority.
Kathmandu, Nepal’s newly elected Prime Minister KP Oli won the historic vote of confidence in the lower house of the country with a two-thirds majority today. Officials said that on February 15, Oli, who was appointed the Prime Minister, got 208 votes out of the total 268 MPs present in the House of Representatives (lower house of Parliament). Oli (66) got support from all other political parties, except the main Opposition Nepali Congress and some smaller parties.
Officials said that Oli is 121 from CPN-UML, 52 from CPN (Maoist Center), 16 from National Janata Party Nepal, 16 from Federal Socialist Forum Nepal, and one National vote from National People’s Front, National Republican Party, Nepal Workers Peoples Party and one vote An independent MP got votes. Oli has strengthened his position by securing a two-thirds majority.
Parliament Speaker Krishna Bahadur Maharaj announced the next session of Parliament on Friday. Earlier, Oli had appealed to all political parties to support the government. The Nepali Congress had said that it will not support Oli and will play the role of an effective opposition.
According to the new constitution, it is mandatory for the prime minister to win the trust vote within six months of its appointment. There are a total of 275 members in the House of Representatives, in which 165 members are elected from direct election while 110 are elected on the basis of proportional representation. Nepal has made three phases of provincial, local and parliamentary elections under the exercise of implementing the new constitution adopted in September 2015.