Guwahati News Desk: 75-year-old Nepali Congress president, Sher Bahadur Deuba is returning to power as the Prime Minister of Nepal, for the fifth time, after the Supreme Court’s intervention, on Tuesday.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari appointed the opposition leader as the Prime Minister in accordance with Article 76(5) of the Constitution.
According to sources, Deuba’s appointment is in line with the ruling issued by the Supreme Court on Monday to make way for his claim to premiership, replacing incumbent K.P. Sharma Oli.
On Monday, the Supreme Court overturned Prime Minister Oli’s May 21 decision to dissolve the House of Representatives and ordered the appointment of Deuba as the new prime minister.
Infact, the five-member Constitutional Bench led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana said that Oli’s claim to the post of prime minister was unconstitutional.
Prior to 2021, Deuba had served as Nepal’s Prime Minister four times from June 2017–February 2018, June 2004–February 2005, July 2001–October 2002 and September 1995–March 1997.
Bhesh Raj Adhikary, personal secretary of President Bhandari informed, “A programme to administer the oath of office and secrecy to Deuba will be held at 6:00 PM in the evening.”
As per the constitutional provisions, Deuba is required to seek a vote of confidence from the House within 30 days of his appointment as the Prime Minister.
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