Sher Bahadur Deuba, the President of the Nepali Congress party, became the Prime Minister of Nepal of for the fifth time on Tuesday. The news came after the country's Supreme Court reinstated the House of Representatives on Monday and ordered Deuba to be appointed as the PM within the next two days, replacing incumbent K P Sharma Oli.
Deuba, 74, was appointed Nepal's President Bidya Bhandari who had on May 22 dissolved the lower house for the second time in two months. The NC President was appointed in accordance with Article 76(5) of the Constitution.
The Office of the President has apprised Deuba of his appointment, the report said.
It was not immediately known when the swearing-in ceremony would take place as efforts were on for its preparation.
Previously, Deuba 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.
Deuba is required to seek a vote of confidence from the House within 30 days of his appointment as the Prime Minister, as per the constitutional provisions.
The Supreme Court on Monday overturned Prime Minister Oli’s May 21 decision to dissolve the House of Representatives and ordered the appointment of Deuba as prime minister.
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.
Reinstating the House yet again -- the court had restored the House earlier on February 23 after Oli dissolved it on December 20 -- the bench has ordered to make arrangements for holding the House meeting by 5 PM on July 18.
In its order, the constitutional bench said President Bhandari’s decision to reject Deuba’s claim to form a new government was unconstitutional.
(With inputs from PTI)