KP Oli elected 38th Prime Minister of Nepal
CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has been elected the new prime minister of the country, securing a clear majority of votes in parliament, Sunday. Oli, 63, is scheduled to take the oath of office as prime minister on Monday afternoon. He becomes 38th prime minister of Nepal.
Oli defeatd Nepali Congress (NC) President Sushil Koirala, who is also the outgoing prime minister, by 89 votes, in the election held at a House meeting. Chief of the second largest political party in parliament, Oli secured 338 votes while Koirala succeeded in getting only 249 votes, from the 587 lawmakers participating in the voting. Nine lawmakers were absent during the meeting, including four from NC and one from UML. Speaker Subas Nembang did not vote.
Oli’s contender Koirala was supported by the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) and a few other fringe parties. The UDMF, which comprises four Madhes-based parties, has 35 seats in parliamet. Eight political parties with single parliamentary seats and two independent lawmakers voted for Koirala.
With Koirala defeated by Oli, the alliance between NC and UML, which had been formed after the second Constituent Assembly (CA) election, has been discontinued and the largest political party in parliament, the NC, has become the major opposition party.
Oli has been backed by 14 other political parties in parliament, including the third and forth largest parties UCPN (Maoist) and Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal (RPP-N) respectively and various fringe parties. Bijay Gachchhedar-led Madhesi People’s Rights Forum Democratic (MPRF-D) also voted for Oli, after taking a decision to do so only during the last hour before the parliamentary meeting Sunday. Rastriya Prajatantra Party, CPN-ML, Nepal Workers Peasants Party, Rastriya Janamorcha and CPN (Unified) are other notable parties supporting Oli.
Speaking to reporters after the voting, NC President Koirala said that his party is ready to cooperate with the government in the coming days. “There will be full-fledged cooperation among us. As we stand for nationality, democracy and socialism and NC has a history of struggling for peace, stability, democracy and development, this will be continued,” said Koirala.
UML Chairman Oli has also expressed a desire to cooperate with NC for the sake of nationalism, democracy, the rights of the people and the implementation of the new constitution. While presenting his candidacy at the House meeting, Oli said, “My government will be seeking companionship and assistance from the NC even though that party did not withdraw its candidacy.”
Even after being elected to the post of PM, Oli reiterated his plans to seek support from all political parties to end the blockade on the Nepal-India border and tackle other national issues .