Oli unlikely to seek vote of confidence anytime soon

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli during a CPN-UML parliamentary party, in Kathmandu, on Thursday, March 18, 2021. Photo: PM’s Press Advisor

Kathmandu, April 5

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is unlikely to seek securing a vote of confidence in the House of Representatives.

Oli’s confidant, Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Gyawali, addressed the House meeting on Monday and said the government is not required to seek the vote of confidence now as no party has withdrawn support extended to it.

The statement comes at a time when some politicians and experts are saying that Oli needs to prove that he commands a majority in the House because the Nepal Communist Party has been divided into two following a Supreme Court order on March 7, and one of the two parties, CPN-Maoist Centre, is protesting the government. The Maoist party, however, is yet to withdraw the support.

But, Gyawali said the court order just revived the old parties that were in existence when Oli was elected the PM in 2018, hence it should not be considered a split.

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