KATHMANDU: President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Oli have been chastised by the Supreme Court Bar Association, who say that their recent political moves have made a mockery of the democratic system.
On Friday, Bar Secretary Rishi Ram Ghimire issued a press release on behalf of the SC Bar, stating that the President and the Council of Ministers do not have the authority to determine whether or not the Prime Minister should obtain a vote of confidence.
“The President’s remark that there was no ‘substantial difference in the political situation as on May 10 (the day UML Chairman Oli was reappointed as PM from the largest political party in the parliament) is faulty and contrary to the spirit of competitive multiparty democracy envisioned by the Constitution,” Ghimire wrote in a statement, adding, “This has made a mockery of the multiparty democracy envisioned by the Constitution.”
The Supreme Court claims that, since the House of Representatives has the authority to determine whether or not to issue a vote of confidence, the President and the Council of Ministers conspired to prevent them (the people’s representatives) from exercising that power.
The Bar has determined that the process of nominating the Prime Minister pursuant to Article 76 (5) was begun fraudulently.