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Nepal PM Deuba to seek vote of confidence today

Nepal's new PM Sher Bahadur Deuba

The world will be closely watching the political developments in Nepal as new Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba will seek a vote of confidence today. President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on the recommendation of the government called the new session of Parliament today at 4 pm.

Deuba’s Nepali Congress has 61 seats in the House of Representatives. The Prime Minister requires 136 more votes to win the confidence motion. Nepali Congress’ coalition partner Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) has 49 seats. The Kathmandu Post reported that the Upendra Yadav-led faction of the Janata Samajwadi Party, which has 12 lawmakers, too stood with Deuba. The newspaper also said that Rashtriya Janamorcha which has one seat will vote for Deuba.

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“The Constitution makes it mandatory that a Prime Minister appointed under Article 76(5) secures a vote of confidence within 30 days of appointment. A failure to win the vote of confidence leads to dissolution of the House, and elections must be held within six months,” the newspaper said.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party's foreign affairs department in-charge Vijay Chauthaliwale told India Narrative that India will not interfere in Nepal’s internal affairs. “We are good neighbours, we share cordial relations but we do not interfere in its internal affairs,” he said.

Earlier, at an event, Chauthaliwale said India and Nepal have an equitable partnership. “India would like to work with Nepal on three levels: government to government, people to people and cultural relations,” he had said.

On July 12, Nepal’s Supreme Court in a major setback to earlier Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, decided to reinstate the House of Representatives that had been dissolved.