Nepal’s first session of parliament following the appointment of new Prime Minister Prachanda to begin Monday – Times of India


KATHMANDU: The first in Nepal parliament meeting after the appointment of the new Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ starts here on Monday and will focus on the elections for the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives. The session will also focus on Prime Minister Prachanda’s confidence vote on January 9. Last month, Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari convened the first session of the new parliament on January 9 after the country went to the polls on November 20.
The 68-year-old leader of the CPN-Maoist Center was sworn in as prime minister for a third time on Dec. 26 after dramatically stepping out of the pre-poll alliance led by the Nepalese Congress and joining hands with opposition leader KP Sharma Oil. .
Top leaders of the major political parties address the first meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) here on Monday in the Parliament building.
According to sources from Parliament’s secretariat, the agreement was reached at a meeting of all parties on Friday in the parliament building.
The meeting was convened by senior HoR MP Pashupati Shamsher JB Rana, who is also the leader of the Rastriya Prajatantra party.
During the meeting it was decided that the election of the chairman and vice-chairman of the House of Representatives would take place on 21 and 23 January respectively.
Prachanda was appointed as Prime Minister under Article 76(2) of the Constitution with the support of 169 HoR members. A prime minister appointed under such provision must request a vote of confidence within 30 days of his or her appointment.
The new cabinet has three deputy prime ministers: Bishnu Paudel of Oli’s Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML), Narayan Kaji Shrestha of CPN-Maoist Center and Rabi Lamichhane of Rastriya Swatantra Party (RSP).
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Paudel said the incumbent government will deliver results quickly once the confidence vote is held and the cabinet meeting is complete.
The deputy prime minister assured that the government would act in a dynamic manner to fulfill national responsibility and solve the burning problems, including the liquidity crisis, facing the country.
The prime minister will expand the cabinet to fully shape the government once he gets the confidence vote, a source close to the Maoist Center said.
Prime Minister Prachanda needs 138 votes for a clear majority in the House of Representatives.
He has the support of seven parties, including Oli’s Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxists-Leninists (CPN-UML) and the newly formed Rastriya Swatantra Party (RSP).

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