New government in Nepal: President calls parties to claim premiership in 7 days

President Bidya Devi Bhandari New government
President Bidya Devi Bhandari. Photo: Chandra Bahadur Ale

Kathmandu, December 18

Beginning the new government formation process, President Bidya Devi Bhandari has called members elected to the House of Representatives to submit a claim to become the country’s prime minister by soliciting support from the majority of members.

As the House does not have a majority under the command of a single party, the president issued a call to forge alliances to make a majority and claim the premiership as per article 76(2) of the constitution.

The parties have been given seven days to make the claim.

Once the parties submit a candidate for the prime minister with evidence that s/he can get the majority support in the House, the head of the state shall appoint him/her to the position and form a new government under his/her leadership.

The prime minister then is required to prove the House’s confidence in his/her government in the next 30 days.

It is highly likely that the current ruling alliance will form the new government. There are debates over who should be the premier, but current PM Sher Bahadur Deuba has a higher chance of retaining the position.

Nepal held elections of the House of Representatives on November 20, whose final results were submitted to President Bhandari by the House of Representatives just last week.

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