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Prime Minister Oli fails to retain vote of confidence in parliament

A total of 93 lawmakers voted in favor of Prime Minister Oli, while 124 lawmakers voted against him. Fifteen lawmakers have voted to abstain. 232 MPs were present in today's meeting.

N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU:- Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has failed to get a vote of confidence from the House of Representatives.

In Monday’s meeting of the House of Representatives, 93 votes were cast in favor of the no-confidence motion presented by the Prime Minister and 124 against.

Stating that he was a suitable candidate for the leadership of the government, the Prime Minister had filed a motion in the Parliament seeking a vote of confidence from the House of Representatives.

Announcing the result of the vote of confidence on the motion of no confidence, Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota declared that the motion of no confidence was rejected as 93 votes were cast in favor of the motion of no confidence as per Article 100 (1) of the Constitution.

A total of 93 lawmakers voted in favor of Prime Minister Oli, while 124 lawmakers voted against him. Fifteen lawmakers have voted to abstain. 232 MPs were present in today’s meeting.

The Nepali Congress and the CPN-Maoist Center had decided to vote against the Prime Minister. The MPs of Madhesh-centric party Jaspa were divided into pros and cons.

Only 15 lawmakers from the Janata Samajwadi Party, the fourth largest party in parliament, abstained from the vote of confidence sought by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

There are 32 MPs in the parliament who can participate in the JSP’s vote. Two others are suspended.

Within the party, there was disagreement over whether to vote for Oli’s opposition. A meeting of JSP officials on Sunday decided that lawmakers could exercise their discretion.

Within the party, the former federal socialist group led by Upendra Yadav and Baburam Bhattarai was in favor of voting against Oli’s government. There are 16 MPs from the former socialist group and 16 from the former Rajpa group.

Jaspa leader Raj Kishor Yadav said that two lawmakers were absent from today’s polls due to corona infection.

Fifteen of the 30 people present voted against Oli, while former Rajya Sabha MP Mahendra Ray Yadav also voted against Prime Minister Oli.

Senior leaders of Prime Minister Oli’s party Madhav Kumar Nepal and Jhala Nath Khanal’s group of 28 lawmakers did not attend the meeting. Earlier, the CPN-UML had directed the parliamentary parties to vote in favor of the Prime Minister’s vote of confidence.

UML senior leaders Jhala Nath Khanal and Madhav Kumar Nepal 28 lawmakers have violated the party’s whip. The Khanal-Nepal faction had decided to abstain from voting for its MPs.

With Oli not receiving a vote of confidence from parliament, the country is on track to form a new government. Now, according to Article 76, Clause 2 of the Constitution, there is a constitutional provision to proceed with the process of forming another government.

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