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The CPN-UML withdrew its support for the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government on Wednesday, saying that the party is working towards forming a government with national consensus.

Kathmandu: The CPN-UML withdrew its support for the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government on Wednesday, saying that the party is working towards forming a government with national consensus.

Consequently, CPN-UML ministers have collectively resigned from their positions. 

As the largest party in the current coalition has withdrawn its support, the Prime Minister must seek a vote of confidence from the parliament within 30 days. According to Article 100 (2) of the constitution, if the political party represented by the prime minister splits or if a coalition partner withdraws its support, the prime minister must table a motion in the House of Representatives for a vote of confidence within 30 days.

On Monday, in a new twist of political events, the two largest parties in parliament—the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML—decided to form a new alliance, with CPN-UML’s chair, KP Sharma Oli, set to lead the government. 

Despite this, Prime Minister Dahal has decided to face a vote of confidence in parliament rather than resigning immediately. A meeting of Maoist leaders held in Baluwatar on Tuesday concluded that Prime Minister Dahal will face parliament within the 30-day period as stipulated by the constitution, according to Maoist secretary Devendra Paudel.

With this new development, KP Sharma Oli is poised to be appointed prime minister for the third time. He will lead the government for the next one and a half years, after which Nepali Congress chair Sher Bahadur Deuba will assume the position of prime minister for another one and a half years.