Sher Bahadur Deuba
Sher Bahadur Deuba. File photo

The new Prime Minister of Nepal, Sher Bahadur Deuba on Sunday won a vote of confidence in the Lower House of the Parliament.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Deuba for winning the vote of confidence.

Deuba, the chief of the Nepali Congress, secured 165 votes in the 275-member House of Representatives, according to media reports.

In order to win the vote of confidence, Deuba required a total of 136 votes.

It has been reported that a total of 249 lawmakers participated in the voting process and only 83 of them voted against 75-year-old Deuba while one of the lawmakers remained neutral.

Prime Minister Deuba won the vote of confidence on the first day of the restored House session.

While congratulating Deuba, PM Modi tweeted:  “Congratulations Prime Minister @DeubaSherbdr
and best wishes for a successful tenure. I look forward to working with you to further enhance our unique partnership in all sectors, and strengthen our deep-rooted people-to-people ties.”

A day after a five-member Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana, reinstated the dissolved House of Representatives for the second time in five months, Deuba took the oath of office and secrecy on July 13 for a record fifth time.

The Lower House was dissolved “unconstitutionally” by President Bidya Devi Bhandari for the second time in five months on May 22 at the recommendation of then Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

President Bhandari summoned the meeting of both the Houses of the Parliament on Sunday.

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