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Oli takes oath as PM, to prove majority in 30 days

Kathmandu, May 14 (UNI): K P Sarma Oli took oath of office on Friday after being reappointed as Prime Minister of Nepal a day earlier as other parties failed to form a coalition government to take his place.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered the oath to Oli and 24 ministers in his Cabinet.

Oli got reappointed as head of a minority government since other parties had failed to garner a majority of support from lawmakers to form a new government by Thursday evening as set by the president.

On Monday, President Bhandari had called political parties for the formation of a coalition government by 21:00 hrs on Thursday evening after Oli lost a vote of confidence in Parliament.

He had got only 93 votes, short of 43 in the 271-member House of Representatives.

The Nepali Congress party, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) and a section of the Janata Samajbadi Party failed to manage a majority to form a new government even after a series of negotiations.

As a result, Oli was asked for the third time to head the government as he is the parliamentary party leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) which holds 121 seats in the lower house.

Oli will have to win a vote of trust in the house within 30 days as per the Constitution.

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