On Monday, Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli lost his spot as the country’s executive leader, despite the support of the legislature’s majority.
Oli did not receive the 136 votes required to keep his job during voting in Kathmandu on Monday in response to his decision to seek a vote of confidence in the House of Representatives.
Oli was unable to win votes from all CPN-UML lawmakers, as a portion of the party had agreed to boycott the vote.
The Nepali Congress and the CPN-Maoist Centre, two opposition parties, voted against him, while the Janata Samjbadi Party Nepal remained split.
The following is a rundown of the outcome:
There were 232 votes cast.
93 for Oli
124 votes against Oli
15 ballots were cast in the neutral column.
The number of votes required to prove plurality is 136.
So, what’s next?
What will happen next is unclear
The Nepali Congress and the CPN-Maoist Centre want to form a new coalition government, but they lack the required majority votes because the Janata Samajbadi Party Nepal does not support the coalition as a whole.
As a result, despite losing the majority vote, Oli is very likely to be re-elected as Prime Minister under Article 76 (3) of the constitution as the leader of the largest party in the House. In order to do that, he’ll need to get a vote of confidence over the next 30 days.
If the political situation remains unchanged until then, he would be unable to reclaim the role. As a result, he will be able to dissolve the House in accordance with the Constitution and call new elections.
Oli had disbanded the House in December 2020, but the Supreme Court had restored it, stating that all options for forming a government had been exhausted.