Nepal PM Prachanda to face floor test on July 12 after key ally's withdrawal of support

Nepal's embattled Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', who lost support from two major alliance partners earlier this week, is set to seek a vote of confidence from the House of Representatives on July 12, it was announced on Friday.
Nepal PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda'
Nepal PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda'

Kathmandu | Nepal's embattled Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', who lost support from two major alliance partners earlier this week, is set to seek a vote of confidence from the House of Representatives on July 12, it was announced on Friday.

The prime minister sent a letter to the Parliament Secretariat asking the latter to make arrangements for the vote.

In a letter addressed to the federal parliament on Friday, Prime Minister Prachanda mentioned that after one of the members of the ruling alliance withdrew the support to the government, he will seek a vote of confidence on July 12 under Article 100 (2) of the constitution of Nepal.

Earlier, Prachanda, 69, had announced that he would not quit after the resignation of eight Cabinet ministers belonging to the largest party and instead face a vote of confidence in Parliament.

His announcement was prompted after Nepali Congress (NC) president Sher Bahadur Deuba and Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) chairman K P Sharma Oli, both former premiers, inked a power-sharing deal on Monday night to form a new NC-UML alliance government.

According to the understanding, UML chair Oli will lead a coalition for a year and a half. As per the understanding, NC President Deuba will be the prime minister for the remaining term of the present parliament.

The Nepali Congress, which is the largest party in the 275-member House of Representatives (HoR), has 89 seats, while CPN-UML has 78 seats. Prachanda's party, the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Centre (CPN-MC), has 32 seats.

The CPN-Unified Socialist (CPN-US), which has 10 seats in the Lower House, has said it will vote in favour of the Prachanda-led government. Despite that support, Prachanda enjoys support from just 63 members of the HoR.

He requires 138 votes for the government to win the vote of confidence in the House.

This will be the fifth time Prachanda will seek a vote of confidence within a term of one and a half years. It is required for the coalition government to seek a vote of confidence within 30 days if a coalition partner withdraws support.

Nepal has had 13 governments in the last 16 years, indicating the fragile nature of the Himalayan nation's political system.

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