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PM secure three-fourths vote of confidence from House of Representatives

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has secured a three-fourths majority at the 275-member strong House of Representatives on Sunday.

Out of 268 votes, 208 members voted in favor while 60 members cast their vote against PM Oli.

Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara concluded the meeting and announced next meeting of the current session will commence on Friday, March 16.

Among the nine parties and an independent present in the Lower House, six parties including an independent, voted for Oli while the Nepali Congress was the only party which stood in the opposition. Out of the its 63 lawmakers, 60 who were present in the House voted against the motion.

Besides the UML and the Maoist Center, Oli received support of various fringe parties including the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN), Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN), Rastriya Janamorcha (RJ), Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) and an independent parliamentarian.

The UML and the Maoist Center have 121 and 53 parliamentarians respectively, while the two Madhes-based parties have 16 members each. Janamorcha and RPP have one seat each.

RJPN’s parliamentarian-elect Resham Chaudhary, who is undergoing trail over his alleged involvement in the Tikapur massacre, and Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara did not participate in the voting.

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Likewise, Baburam Bhattarai of the Naya Shakti Party-Nepal was absent, while Prem Suwal of the Nepal Majdoor Kisan Party abstained from the voting process.

PM Oli secured the vote of confidence 24 days after being appointed the head of the government as per the constitutional provision. President Bidya Devi Bhandari had on February 15 appointed CPN-UML Chairman Oli who also secured the support of CPN (Maoist Centre) as the PM of the country.

Article 73 of the constitution stipulates that the PM, who has been appointed as the executive head with the support of two or more parties, secure the vote of confidence from the HoR within 30 days of his appointment to the post.

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FNNTEA starts pre-booking from today

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KATHMANDU—The federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs Association (FNNTEA) has opened the annual pre-Dashain booking from today. The transportation entrepreneurs opened advance booking after the government agreed to increase public transport fares by 10 percent on Saturday.

The advance booking for bus tickets had remained uncertain because the transport operators associated with the FNNTEA had been demanding the government to unfreeze their bank accounts and adjust the fares in view of rising fuel prices.

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Though they said that the booking would be opened from 21 September, the transport operator associated with FNNTEA did not take any booking till yesterday. Only the private transportation companies started pre-booking from 21 September.

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