Nepal SC refuses to issue interim order on oath taken by PM

Kathmandu: In a temporary relief for Nepal’s embattled Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, the Supreme Court refused to issue an interim order on the writ petitions against his controversial oath-taking and reappointment of the seven ministers who are not lawmakers.

Four writ petitions were filed in the Supreme Court of Nepal demanding that Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli be sworn in again as he disgraced the office of the President by refusing to repeat all the words she recited during the oath-taking ceremony.

The Supreme Court has refused to issue an interim order on the writ petitions on the issue of Oli’s oath and reappointment of the seven ministers who are not lawmakers.

However, the apex court has told the Office of the President and the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers to come up with written responses within 15 days regarding the oath taken by the prime minister, The Kathmandu Post reported.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered the oath of office and secrecy to Oli as the prime minister at a scaled-down ceremony at Shital Niwas, the presidential palace.

During the oath-taking ceremony, Oli, the 69-year-old Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-(Unified Marxist Leninist), omitted the word vow when the President recited it, besides in the name of God.

All four writ petitioners demanded that Oli take another oath of office and secrecy as the one taken recently was illegal, The Kathmandu Post reported.

Oli was reappointed as prime minister by the president as the Opposition parties failed to secure majority seats in Parliament to form a new government.

He will now have to face a vote of confidence in the House within 30 days, failing which, an attempt to form a government under Article 76 (5) of the Constitution would be initiated by the President.

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