House passes President’s order removing constitutional difficulty

Kathmandu, July 26

A meeting of the Legislature Parliament today endorsed the yesterday’s order from President Bidhya Devi Bhandari as per Article 305 to remove constitutional difficulties in electing a new prime minister under the transitional provision of the constitution by majority voice vote.

Lawmakers of opposition parties, including the Nepali Congress and the CPN-Maoist Centre, had opposed the government’s recommendation to the president to give the order although they voted to endorse it.

They blamed the government for making the recommendation although there was no constitutional difficulty to form a new government under Article 298 of the constitution.

The government took the step to justify Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s stance that there was no clear provision to form another government during the transitional period, opposition lawmakers opined before endorsing the order.

The president’s order states that the prime minister, who was elected as per Article 298, has resigned, but since there is no clear provision for electing a new prime minister in the same article, the president has removed the difficulty under Article 305 to elect a new prime minister under Article 298 as per the recommendation of the Council of Ministers on July 24.

Parliament put off for one week

KATHMANDU: Speaker Onsari Gharti on Tuesday set the next date of the House for August 1.

The House will begin the process of electing a new prime minister under majority process if political parties fail to produce a consensual prime ministerial candidate to the president as called by her on Monday under Article 298 (2).