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Out of the total 40 provincial assembly members, 35 were present during the voting process, with 23 seconding Kandel's request for the vote of confidence.

Surkhet: The Chief Minister of Karnali Province, Yamlal Kandel, won a vote of confidence from the Karnali Province Assembly on Thursday.

Out of the total 40 provincial assembly members, 35 were present during the voting process, with 23 seconding Kandel’s request for the vote of confidence. Additionally, 12 assembly members voted against Kandel’s proposal, while one chose to remain neutral.

Kandel was appointed chief minister on April 9 after staking claim to the post with the backing of 23 assembly members. Raj Kumar Sharma of the Maoist Centre stepped down from the position during a meeting of the provincial assembly on April 3, following a new power-sharing deal reached at the center.

After the voting in the Karnali Province Assembly, Speaker Nanda Gurung announced that Kandel’s proposal for the vote of confidence, tabled as per Article 168(4) of the Constitution, was passed with a majority.

In the Karnali Province Assembly, the Nepali Congress holds 14 seats, CPN (Maoist Centre) has 13, and CPN (UML) has 10. Additionally, CPN (Unified Socialist) and Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) each have one member in the provincial assembly, alongside an independent member.

The next meeting of the Karnali Province Assembly is scheduled for April 29.