Nepal’s first Parliament session following the appointment of the new Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dhal ‘Prachanda’ is set to start here Monday. It will be centered on the election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker. House of Representatives. The session will also be focused on the Prime Minister Prachanda The vote of confidence was cast on January 9. After the country’s November 20 elections, Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari called for the first session the new Parliament to meet on January 9. After a dramatic exit from the pre-poll alliance headed by the Nepali Congress, the 68-year old CPN-Maoist Centre leader joined forces with K P Sharma Oli, the opposition leader, he was sworn into office as Prime Minister for the third consecutive time on December 26.
The first meeting of House of Representatives (HoR), which will be held at the Parliament Building in London on Monday, will feature top leaders from the major political parties.
According to sources from the Parliament secretariat, it was agreed upon at an all-party meeting that took place in Parliament building on Friday.
The oldest HoR member of Parliament, Pashupati Shamsher Jab Rana, called the meeting. He is also the leader for Rastriya Prajatantra Party.
The meeting decided that the elections of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Deputy Speaker of this House of Representatives would be held on January 21st and 23rd, respectively.
With the support of 169 HoR Members, Prachanda was elected prime minister in accordance with Article 76 clause 2. Any prime minister who is appointed under such provisions must seek a confidence vote within 30 days.
Three deputy prime ministers are part of the new cabinet: Bishnu Paudel, Narayan Kaji Shrestha (CPN-Maoist Centre), and Rabi Lamichhane (Rastriya Swatantra Party) from Oli’s Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist.
At a press conference held Friday, Paudel stated that the incumbent government would deliver quickly once the vote of confidence has been won and the council of Ministers is completed.
The deputy prime minister promised that the government would act in a dynamic manner to fulfill its national responsibility and address the pressing issues facing the country, including the liquidity crisis.
A source close to Maoist Centre stated that the Prime Minister will increase the cabinet size to give the government full form once he receives the confidence vote.
For Prime Minster Prachanda to have a clear majority in this House, he needs 138 votes
He is supported by seven parties, including Oli’s Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist and the newly-formed Rastriya Swatantra Party.