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PM Oli to take vote of confidence today, likely to win two-third majority

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KATHMANDU — The newly elected Prime Minister, KP Sharma Oli will take the vote of confidence at 3:00 pm on Sunday, as per Article 76(4) of the Constitution.

The senior-most member of the Parliament Mahantha Thakur made the announcement at a Parliamentary meeting held on Saturday.

As per Constitution, new Prime Minister should win the vote of confidence from the Parliament within 30 days of appointment.

Oli is likely to receive 210 votes in the 275-member lower house, according to leaders of the ruling CPN-UML as they expect to get the votes of left alliance partner CPN (Maoist Center), Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN), Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN), Rastriya Janamorcha and independent member.

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Of the total 274 members eligible to vote, 121 lawmakers from CPN-UML, 53 from Maoist Center, 16 each from FSFN and RJPN, one each from Rastriya Janamorcha, Rastriya Prajatantra Party and an independent are likely to vote for Oli.

Nepali Congress (NC), with 63 members in the lower house, and Baburam Bhattarai, the only member of his Naya Shakti Party in the house, are likely to remain in the opposition.

Oli was sworn in as the 38th Prime Minister of Nepal, on February 15, and President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 65-year-old Prime Minister.

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Wildfire goes out of control in Parbat

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PARBAT— A wildfire that engulfed hundreds of hectares of two community forests at Bihadi Rural Municipality in the district has yet to come under control.

The inferno that took place at around 9 am on Thursday continues to rage, advancing towards the nearby settlements at Lingsing, Taltum, Lugring and Bhaterpata, putting lives at risk, said the police. The locals have been asked to stay alert.

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“At present, the flame is at the cliff above Salghari. It may engulf the nearby entire settlements if not taken under control soon,” said local resident Rishiram Bhusal. Thousands of rupees worth of healthy trees and medicinal herbs have been burnt down so far in the inferno, said the police.

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