Nepal's Opposition alliance discuss forming government under NC chief Deuba: report

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Kathmandu, Jul 12 (PTI) Nepal's Opposition alliance on Monday decided to work towards forming a coalition government led by Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba on Tuesday in accordance with the Supreme Court's historic ruling, according to a media report.

A meeting of the alliance held on Monday afternoon decided to work towards forming a small Cabinet on Tuesday after the Supreme Court, in its verdict issued in favour of reinstatement of House of Representatives, had also passed an order to President Bidya Devi Bhandari to appoint Opposition leader Deuba as the prime minister by 5 pm on Tuesday in place of incumbent K P Sharma Oli.

According to the leaders of the alliance, the meeting stressed the need to make the alliance more effective, The Himalayan Times reported.

The alliance comprises Nepali Congress, CPN (Maoist Center), CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal- Jhalanath Khanal faction, Janata Samajwadi Party's Upendra Yadav faction and the Rastriya Janamorcha.

The Supreme Court on Monday overturned Prime Minister Oli’s May 21 decision to dissolve the House of Representatives and ordered appointment of Deuba, Nepali Congress president, as prime minister.

The five-member Constitutional Bench led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana said that Oli’s claim to the post of prime minister as per Article 76 (5) was unconstitutional.

Reinstating the House yet again–the court had restored the House earlier on February 23 after Oli dissolved it on December 20–the bench has ordered to make arrangements for holding the House meeting by 5pm on July 18.

In its order, the constitutional bench said President Bhandari’s decision to reject Deuba’s claim to form a new government under Article 76 (5), as called by her, is unconstitutional.

Although the apex court’s order has paved the way for Deuba to become a new prime minister, for now, Deuba will have to secure majority votes in Parliament to survive as the prime minister for the remaining term of the 275-member House.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Oli called on President Bhandari at her official residence Sheetal Niwas after the apex court rendered their move to dissolve the House of Representatives, unconstitutional. PTI AKJ AKJ

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