Sher Bahadur Deuba, the president of the Nepal Congress, took his fifth oath as prime minister on Tuesday, hours after refusing to swear in order to clarify a mistake in his appointment letter, which failed to cite the constitutional provision under which he was appointed.
The ceremony was originally scheduled for 6 p.m., but it was postponed after Deuba declined to take the oath of office as the new prime minister, citing a mistake in his appointment letter that failed to specify the constitutional article under which he was nominated.
According to sources, Deuba was appointed by President Bidya Devi Bhandari under Article 76(5) of the Constitution, a day after the country’s Supreme Court reversed former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s decision to dissolve the House of Representatives on May 21. Oli had resigned earlier in the day as Nepal’s caretaker prime minister. As he sent his resignation letter, Oli stated, “Will abide by the Supreme Court orders.”
Oli’s claim to the position of prime minister was declared unlawful by a five-member constitutional tribunal chaired by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana.