Deuba received 165 votes in his favor, compared to 83 votes against him. Similarly, one lawmaker remained impartial throughout the process.
A total of 249 legislators took part in the voting process.
Deuba received votes from Nepali Congress, CPN Maoist Centre, and Janata Samajbadi Party-Nepal lawmakers. At the eleventh hour, the Thakur-Mahato faction of the JSP-N chose to vote for Deuba.
Meanwhile, parliamentarians from the UML’s dissident branch were split on the issue, with around a dozen MPs deciding to leave the House once it became clear that Deuba would be able to win a majority of votes without the Nepal faction. The remaining parliamentarians, including Madhav Kumar Nepal, had given Deuba their vote of confidence.
In an unexpected turn of events, as many as eight parliamentarians from the Oli faction were observed voting in Deuba’s favor. In total, 22 members of the opposition party disobeyed the party whip and voted against Deuba.
Prior to the start of today’s House session, UML senior leader Bhim Rawal announced his resignation.
With Deuba’s victory, the House of Representatives, which has been twice dissolved, will continue in session for the foreseeable future.