Nepal’s new prime minister wins vote of confidence in parliament

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KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) – Nepal’s new prime minister has won the support of more than half of the House of Representatives, which will allow him to stay in power until the general elections scheduled for next year.

Sher Bahadur Deuba won 165 votes in his favor while 83 members of the lower house of parliament voted against him on Sunday, President Agni Sapkota announced.

This is the fifth time that Deuba has served as Prime Minister of the Himalayan nation, which is currently grappling with political divisions and the coronavirus. The leader of the Nepalese Congress Party – the country’s oldest political party – was appointed on Tuesday after the Supreme Court restored the House of Representatives and upheld his claim to be the new leader.

A court ruling on Monday toppled Khadga Prasad Oli, who led an interim government until elections scheduled for November this year.

Deuba was previously appointed Prime Minister in 1995, 2001, 2004 and 2017, but never served a full term. This time too, it should only be used until the legislative elections are held by 2022.

He is likely to bring Nepal closer to India after Oli promotes ties with his other giant neighbor, China.

Deuba has been active in politics since he was a student. He was jailed for nine years for protesting against the autocratic rule of the now fallen monarchy.

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