KATHMANDU: Under Article 76 (5) of the constitution, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has started the process of forming a new government.
Members of the House of Representatives (HoR) who can prove grounds for majority support in the parliament have been invited to form a government by 5 p.m. Friday, according to a statement released by the President’s Office Thursday evening.
After failing to see clear grounds to gain parliament’s confidence as required by Article 76, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli recommended the President start the procedure (4). As a result, the President has invited representatives of political parties to come forward with their arguments for forming a new government, opening the way for someone who can gain majority support.
According to Article 76 (3) of the constitution, Oli was appointed Prime Minister, and Article 76 (4) of the constitution allows the PM to win a vote of confidence. If the Prime Minister named under Article 76 (3) fails to secure a vote of confidence within thirty days, the President must call on every other member of the House of Representatives to stake a claim for office.
On Thursday, the Cabinet agreed to recommed the President to start the procedure.
If no one claims to enter government by 5 p.m. Friday, the country will most likely go to mid-term elections, as the constitution mandates.