Security was tight ahead of the contentious verdictImage: Niranjan Shrestha/AP Photo/picture alliance
Nepal court cancels vote, paves way for new PM
July 12, 2021
The Nepalese Supreme Court has removed caretaker Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli from office and reinstalled his rival. Parliament is now set to reconvene in a week.
Nepal's Supreme Court on Monday canceled a snap election proposed by caretaker Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and reinstated parliament, allowing his rival Sher Behadur Deuba to try to win lawmakers' backing to set up a government.
The Supreme Court reversed that decision as well, also reinstating parliament.
However, Oli could still not find a majority and on May 10 he lost a confidence vote. He was later reinstated as caretaker PM when the opposition parties failed to muster majority parliamentary support for a rival government.
Oli then asked Nepalꞌs President Bidya Devi Bhandari to dissolve parliament once more on May 22, triggering a snap election.
Petitioners from Deuba's opposition took the decision to the Supreme Court which ruled on Monday.
Deuba will have another chance to demonstrate he can muster majority support in parliament, perhaps as early as Tuesday.
What does the court decision mean?
The parliamentary opposition went to the Supreme Court that has now ordered that Deuba be appointed Prime Minister in two days and that parliament be reconvened in seven days.
Now, Deuba, a former prime minister himself, must find a majority in the House of Representatives.
This will only be possible if parliamentarians who supported him before the dissolution of parliament continue to give him their allegiance.
Assuming Deuba can secure majority support, the snap elections sought by Oli would not be necessary.