Monday, July 12, 2021
The Supreme Court has overturned Prime Minister KP Oli’s May 21 decision to dissolve the House of Representatives and ordered President Bidya Devi Bhandari to appoint Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba the new prime minister.
The most awaited verdict took place on Monday, as per Article 76 (5) of the constitution, bringing a U-turn in the country’s politics.
The court has ordered the President to appoint Deuba as the prime minister by 5 pm Tuesday and has also asked to summon the House of Representatives by 5pm July 18.
The court had addressed 30 writ petitions, including one filed by 146 lawmakers of the House including Deuba demanding that the court issue a mandamus order to appoint Deuba as new prime minister.
Deuba had staked the claim to form the government as per the Article 76(5) with the support of 149 lawmakers of the 275-member Parliament.
However, President Bidya Devi Bhandari had invalidated the claim, which led to the lawmakers to knock the door of the Supreme Court.
The five-member Constitutional Bench was led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana and includes Justices Deepak Kumar Karki, Mira Khadka, Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada and Ananda Mohan Bhattarai.
But Deuba needs to win the vote of confidence as per Article 76 (4) of the constitution within 30 days now.