The ruling Nepal Communist Party’s Madhav Kumar Nepal faction has agreed to boycott the House of Representatives meeting scheduled for this afternoon to vote on the PM’s motion for a vote of confidence.
Although it was rumored that the faction’s lawmakers were planning to resign, they agreed that boycotting the meeting today would be sufficient to demonstrate their dissatisfaction for the time being, according to leader Bhim Rawal.
The UML parliamentary group, led by Oli, released a whip on Sunday urging lawmakers to vote in favor of the PM, but Rawal said that order was illegitimate because Oli had repeatedly broken the party statute.
Oli needs 136 votes to keep his job, but his party only has 121 legislators. Oli is almost likely to lose his spot today, with over 20 lawmakers boycotting the meeting and no other faction officially endorsing him. However, with the opposition party still missing a majority command, the next course of action is uncertain.