The court restores Nepal’s lower house and orders Sher Bahadur Deuba to be appointed new prime minister.
Nepal’s Supreme Court has restored its parliament, which was ousted by interim Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in May, and ordered that his rival Sher Bahadur Deuba be appointed Prime Minister.
Monday’s move dealt a major blow to Oli, who was unable to gather a majority in the House of Representatives and had sought to force a new election by dissolve parliament on 22 May.
Oli’s move sparked a new constitutional crisis in the Himalayan nation and marked his second attempt to dissolve parliament in recent months after a first test in December 2020, following a split in his party, was overturned by the Supreme Court in February.
After the Nepalese parliament was reconstituted, Oli lost a vote of confidence on 10 May. However, before his rivals could launch a claim, he advised Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari to dissolve parliament, saying neither he nor the opposition leader Deuba could gather a majority. . and form a new government.
On Monday, Supreme Court official Debendra Dhakal said the court had ordered her to convene parliament in seven days.
“He also ordered that Sher Bahadur Deuba be appointed prime minister in two days,” Dhakal told Reuters news agency.
Deuba must call a vote of confidence in a week.
It was not immediately commented on by Oli’s office or its assistants.
Hundreds of Oli supporters gathered outside the Supreme Court to protest against the court’s decision.
“We are here to protest the unconstitutional decision of the Supreme Court, which interferes with the affairs of parliament and its rights,” said one of the protesters, Ramesh Acharya.
Protesters immediately clashed with riot police who were able to push back. There were no injuries or arrests.
It was likely that there would be several protests later this week as Oli still has significant support among the public.
Oli became prime minister in 2018 after the Communist Party of Nepal won a majority of seats in the House of Representatives. The party, however, has had two splits this year, weakening Oli’s takeover of power.