He needs at least 136 votes in the 275-member House of Representatives to win the confidence motion, as four members are currently on suspension.
Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will demand 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, called a parliamentary session on May 10 to secure a vote of confidence in his government, according to an official statement on Sunday.
Mr Oli, 69, needs 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 in suspension.
At a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Oli said he would try to gain the confidence of parliament to stay in power, Nepalease media reported.
Mr Oli’s move comes amid the current chaotic state of political affairs in the country that has emerged since the Prime Minister’s controversial decision to dissolve the House of Representatives in December last year.
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“The Prime Minister will ask for a vote of confidence on May 10,” said Lila Nath Shrestha, Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs. Kathmandu Post. “It’s just a one day session.”
Mr Shrestha said Mr Oli wanted to take a vote of confidence to move forward the political process which is stuck now. The government believes it will win the vote of confidence. Otherwise, the process will advance for the formation of a coalition government.
“It is also an opportunity for other parties to form the government, otherwise the country will go in the direction of the instant ballot,” he said.
Prime Minister Oli’s decision to seek a vote of confidence comes as Nepal grapples with the effects of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The country reported a record 7,137 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the largest daily increase. The national count has crossed the 3.29,000 mark. The death toll now stands at 3,325.
Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 last year after President Bhandari dissolved the chamber and announced new elections on April 30 and May 10 on the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli, amid a struggle for power within the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (NCP).
Mr. Oli’s decision to dissolve the House sparked protests from a large part of the NCP led by his rival Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”, also co-chairman of the ruling party.
In February, the Supreme Court reinstated the dissolved House of Representatives, in a setback with besieged Prime Minister Oli bracing for snap polls.
A five-member constitutional bench led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JBR overturned the government’s decision to dissolve the lower house of parliament and ordered the government to convene the House session within the next 13 days.
Mr Oli has repeatedly defended his decision to dissolve the House of Representatives, saying some leaders of his party were trying to form a “parallel government”.
No less than 13 written petitions, including that of the chief whip of the ruling Nepalese Communist Party, Dev Prasad Gurung, have been lodged with the Supreme Court asking for the restoration of the lower house of parliament.