On July 12, the House was reinstated for the second time by the Supreme Court. The court had issued a mandamus ruling appointing Sher Bahadur Deuba as prime minister, as well as ordering a meeting of the House of Representatives by 5 p.m. today. On the proposal of the Council of Ministers, President Bidya Devi Bhandari summoned the meeting for today, as per the order.
According to Article 76 (4) of the Nepalese Constitution, the Prime Minister chosen pursuant to Article 76 (5) shall take a vote of confidence within 30 days of his or her appointment.
During his floor test, Deuba will need the backing of the CPN-Madhav UML’s Nepal group. Deuba now has the support of 128 legislators, including 61 members of the Nepali Congress, 48 members of the CPN Maoist Center, 17 members of the Janata Samajbadi Party Nepal, one member of the Rastriya Janamorcha, and an independent. This results in 128 votes in support, eight fewer than the 136 needed to pass the confidence vote.
Deuba can gain a clear majority with the help of the Madhav Nepal faction, which has 23 lawmakers.
On the advice of former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, President Bhandari dissolved the House for the second time on May 22. The House was resurrected on July 12 when the Supreme Court declared the dissolution illegal.