As President Bidya Devi Bhandari has called a meeting of the federal parliament for Sunday, July 18, the main business of this house will be to put newly appointed Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s parliamentary skills to the test.
Given the current circumstances, Deuba has a good chance of gaining a majority because no sitting MP wants to run for re-election and lose their seat. The MPs do have one advantage. According to the Supreme Court’s decision, there will be no whip for the MP until the vote on confidence.
“The first cycle of government formation has concluded with the appointment of Sher Bahadur Deuba. If he fails to secure a majority in the House of Representatives, the Prime Minister is required by Article 76 (7) to seek dissolution,” said upcoming constitutional lawyer Badri Bahadur Karki.
As 24 CPN-UML rebels, who are critical to Deuba’s survival, prepare to publicly declare their support for voting, there is growing concern about what will happen to PM Deuba’s government if a majority cannot be established.
The Supreme Court invalidated Oli’s move and issued a mandamus order on Monday, ordering the restored House to convene by July 18.
Previously, the government decided to recommend to President Bidya Devi Bhandari convening a joint session of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the National Assembly on July 18 at 4:00 p.m.
A meeting of the Council of Ministers held on Thursday at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM), Singha Durbar, decided to call the Federal Parliament session on the prescheduled date as per the Supreme Court (SC) verdict in response to a writ petition filed by 146 lawmakers against former PM KP Sharma Oli’s decision to dissolve the HoR for the second time.
“The President has called a meeting of both the reinstated House of Representatives (HoR) and the National Assembly for Sunday, July 18 at 4:00 p.m.,” said Keshav Prasad Ghimire, assistant spokesperson for the President’s office.
This is the first meeting of the reinstated House of Representatives, which was dissolved on May 22 by former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.