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President Bidya Devi Appoints Sher Bahadur Deuba as Nepal’s Prime Minister

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Sher Bahadur Deuba, Chief of Nepali Congress formally swears in as the country’s Prime Minister for the 5th time on July 13. The 75-year-old Deuba has to prove his majority in the next 30 days. 

The major development came after the Supreme Court of Nepal intervened. Sher Bahadur Deuba has earlier served four terms in the Prime Minister’s Office of Nepal. He served from 1995-1997, 2001-2002, 2004-2005, and then from 2017-2018.

Sher Bahadur Deuba swears in as the PM hours after the constitutional clause under which he was appointed was corrected. After the anomaly was rectified, he was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Nepal. 

President Bidya Devi Bhandari appointed Deuba in accordance with the provision given in article 76(5) of the Constitution. On May 21, former PM KP Sharma Oli decided to dissolve the House of Representatives. The SC however overturned Oli’a decision. After Supreme Court’s intervention, Oli resigned from the post of Nepal’s caretaker prime minister. 

Considering former PM Oli’s claims, Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana led the 5 members constitutional bench. Justice Rana said that the Former PM’s claim to the post of prime minister is unconstitutional. 

According to sources, President Bidya Devi Bhandari failed to bring to light the constitutional article under which Deuba is being appointed as the Prime Minister in the notice issued to him. Considering the anomaly he wrote to President 

Bhandari seeking the rectification of the error. 

The oath-taking ceremony was to be held at 6 PM in the evening at local time. But, due to the constitutional clause error, the swearing-in ceremony took place after some time. The swearing-in ceremony was scheduled to be held at 6 pm local time (17:45 IST).

The newly appointed Prime Minister of Nepal would have 30 days to seek a vote of confidence and prove the majority in the parliament to survive as prime minister for the remaining term in the nation. 

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