Deuba takes oath as Nepal PM day after apex Supremecourt verdict

In its order, a five-member Constitutional Bench led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana stated that Deuba must be appointed Prime Minister in accordance with Article 76 (5) of the Constitution.

The oath of office and secrecy was administered by President Bidya Devi Bhandari to Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba on Tuesday, a day after the Supreme Court overturned Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s May 21 decision to dissolve the House of Representatives.

The ceremony, which was originally scheduled for 6:00 p.m. (17:45 IST), was postponed after Deuba stated that he would not take the oath of office until the President revised the notice of his appointment.

In its order, a five-member Constitutional Bench led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana stated that Deuba must be appointed Prime Minister in accordance with Article 76 (5) of the Constitution.

However, according to local media, the president’s office has failed to disclose the article in the notice under which Deuba is being appointed prime minister.

According to the constitution, Deuba must seek a vote of confidence from the House within 30 days of his appointment as Prime Minister.

The new leader’s immediate task is to obtain Covid-19 vaccines and control the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected over 658,000 people and killed nearly 10,000 of them – figures that experts say do not accurately reflect the true toll.

“The biggest challenge for the new leader is to inoculate every citizen to protect them from COVID-19,” said Prakash Sharan Mahat, a senior leader in Deuba’s party.

The Supreme Court overturned Prime Minister Oli’s May 21 decision to dissolve the House of Representatives and appointed Deuba as Prime Minister on Monday.

The Constitutional Bench ruled that Oli’s claim to the position of Prime Minister was unconstitutional.

Oli, on the other hand, accused the Supreme Court on Tuesday of “deliberately” ruling in favour of the Opposition parties. In his address to the nation, the 69-year-old also stated that, despite being “the people’s choice,” he is resigning from the post because the Supreme Court has issued an order appointing Deuba as prime minister in his place.

He believes the court’s “misinterpretation” of Article 76 (5) will lead the country to a party-less system. “It is certain to spark misconduct and deteriorate discipline. “The court has exceeded its jurisdiction by making a decision on political matters,” Oli stated.

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