Nepal PM Prachanda wins confidence vote amidst opposition boycott

Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ secured a vote of confidence in Parliament on Monday. This marks the fourth such vote within 18 months of taking office, amidst sloganeering by the main Opposition Nepali Congress that abstained from the voting process.

Prachanda, 69, a former guerilla leader from the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) – the third-largest party in the House of Representatives (HoR) – received 157 votes in the 275-member House. In total, 158 lawmakers participated in the voting. The main Opposition Nepali Congress boycotted the voting and chanted slogans against Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane, who is accused of misappropriation of cooperative funds. This led to a delay in the session. One HoR member remained neutral.

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Speaker Dev Raj Ghimire announced that Prachanda had won the floor test as he secured a majority in the Parliament.

The vote of confidence comes days after one of the coalition partners, Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP), withdrew its support last week, quitting the coalition government.

Despite the Opposition’s boycott and the withdrawal of support from a key ally, Prachanda managed to secure the confidence of the House, allowing his government to continue functioning.