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Oli doesn’t command majority in National Assembly also

File: A National Assembly meeting

Kathmandu, December 28

With the Nepal Communist Party split following the dissolution of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has lost the majority support in the National Assembly also.

As President Bidya Devi Bhandari has summoned the next session of the assembly to begin on January 1, there are concerns if the upper house can also question the government’s decision to dissolve the House of Representatives and other unilateral decisions.

A mathematical analysis shows it is possible because a majority of lawmakers in the 59-member upper house are currently against him.

Among 59 members, the NCP has 47 members (including the chair and his deputy). But, 24 of them are in the Dahal-Nepal faction of the divided party. The main opposition Nepali Congress has six seats and the Janata Samajwadi Party Nepal has three.

Even if three remaining members appointed by the president support Oli, it will be insufficient for him to command the majority.

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