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Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli Loses Trust Vote In Parliament From “NDTV News – World-news”



With this, Prime Minister Oli is automatically relieved from his post as per Article 100 (3) (Fille)Kathmandu: Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli lost a trust vote in the House of Representatives on Monday, in a fresh setback to the embattled premier seeking to tighten his grip on power after the CPN (Maoist Centre) led by Pushpakamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ withdrew support to his government.Prime Minister Oli secured 93 votes in the lower house of parliament during a special session convened on the directives of President Bidya Devi Bhandari.Mr Oli, 69, required at least 136 votes in the 275-member House of Representatives to win the confidence motion as four members are currently under suspension. A total of 124 members voted against the confidence motion while 15 members stayed neutral, Speaker Agni Sapkota announced. The session was attended by 232 lawmakers.”As the votes cast in favour of the motion fell short to achieve a majority of the existing strength of the House of Representatives, I hereby declare that the prime minister’s motion to seek a vote of confidence has been rejected,” Mr Sapkota announced before adjourning the House.With this, Prime Minister Oli is automatically relieved from his post as per Article 100 (3).Some 28 Lawmakers belonging to Mr Oli’s rival faction led by Madhav Nepal-Jhala Nath Khanal abstained during the voting.The main Opposition Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre), which control 61 and 49 votes, respectively, voted against Mr Oli’s trust motion.The Janata Samajbadi Party, which has 32 votes, however, was divided.The Mahantha Thakur-led faction stayed neutral while the Upendra Yadav-led group voted against Mr Oli.After its alliance Nepal Communist Party Maoist Centre led by Prachanda withdrew its support to the government last week, Mr Oli’s government was reduced to a minority one.After losing the Vote of Confidence, the Prime Minister is automatically removed from his post and now the new coalition government will be formed as per the constitutional process, said senior Nepali Congress leader Prakash Man Singh.Senior leader of CPN-Maoist Ganesh Shah said that Mr Oli should immediately resign from the post and pave way for the formation of an alternative government.The CPN-Maoist will join hands with the Nepali Congress and other parties who voted against Mr Oli to form a coalition government at the earliest, he said.Meanwhile, Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba, CPN-Maoist Centre chairman Pushpakamal Dahal “Prachanda” and Chairman of Janata Samajwadi Party Upendra Yadav have issued a joint statement urging President Bhandari to start the process of forming an alternative government after Mr Oli’s defeat.”We call upon President Bhandari to initiate the process of appointment of a new prime minister as per article 76 sub-clause 2 of the constitution,” the joint statement said.There is a provision in the Article 76 sub-clause 2 of the constitution to form a coalition government with the help of two or more political parties representing in the House.Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 last year after President Bhandari dissolved the House and announced fresh elections on April 30 and May 10 at the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli, amidst a tussle for power within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP).Mr Oli’s move to dissolve the House sparked protests from a large section of the NCP led by his rival ‘Prachanda’.In February, the top court reinstated the dissolved House of Representatives, in a setback to Mr Oli who was preparing for snap polls.Mr Oli repeatedly defended his move to dissolve the House of Representatives, saying some leaders of his party were attempting to form a “parallel government”.Mr Oli, who joined politics as a student activist in his teenage and spent 14 years in jail for opposing the now-abolished monarchy, became Nepal’s Prime Minister for a second time in 2018 as a joint candidate of the Left alliance.The alliance between the CPN (Unified Marxist-Leninist) and Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachana’-led CPN (Maoist Centre) won a majority in the House of Representatives and in six of the seven provincial assemblies in the 2017 elections. After their victory, the two parties formally merged in May 2018.However, the NCP, formed after the merger between Oli-led CPN-UML and ‘Prachanda’-led CPN (Maoist Centre) in May 2018, split following the power tussle between the two leaders. ‘Prachanda’-led faction withdrew its support to the Oli government last wek, reducing it to a minority one.Known for his pro-China stance, Mr Oli had earlier served as the country’s prime minister from October 11, 2015 to August 3, 2016 during which Kathmandu’s ties with New Delhi had strained.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)







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It’s a win-win if UK loses war with France | Ed Cumming From “World news | The Guardian”



If this week has demonstrated anything, it’s that war with France is one of few policies to still enjoy true cross-party support. Brexiters are happy because they crave armed conflict with the uppity frogs above all else. Remainers are happy because they always said Brexiters craved armed conflict with the uppity frogs, and they crave being proved right in a losing cause.Other than being paid by the government not to work, it’s hard to think of another idea in recent years that everyone has rallied around with such enthusiasm. In fraught times, we ought to be grateful for these fleeting bursts of unity.I’m as excited for the conflict as the next man, unless he lives on the Isle of Wight, but I’m afraid those in command may not have thought through the implications. Because there will only be one winner: France. For all the surrender-monkey talk, the history couldn’t be clearer. When we have beaten France, in the Napoleonic or seven years wars, we have done so with German help. Every time we try to go it alone, we have to scurry home, stubby little bulldog tails between our legs: hundred years war, war of 1778, the Norman Conquest. I’m not sure Mrs Merkel is itching for a scrap.There will be some early grounds for hope. Led by Dominic Raab in full kit and shin pads, the SAS will parachute in and seize our ancestral booze warehouses across the Channel. The burghers of Calais will be force-fed les burgers Anglais they were so rude about in the 90s.It won’t last. In time, the Foreign Legion will be marching down Oxford Street, while their generals loot Mr Bean DVDs and Oasis albums from the smoking wreckage of HMV. Rowan Atkinson will eventually be flushed out of his bunker, Saddam-style, and forced to perform Bean skits for 20 hours a day. The Queen will be exiled to Balmoral in the newly independent vassal state of Scotland, replaced by the puppet transition leader, Arsène Wenger. Stepping into his new quarters on Downing Street, Mr Macron will shake his head sadly at the depraved extravagance that led to such wallpaper, the last gasps of a venal and corrupt administration.Rowan Atkinson will be flushed out of his bunker and forced to perform Bean skits for 20 hours a day. Photograph: Matthew Fearn/PAComing from a family of 1066 blow-ins, I’m conflicted. Am I pleased we’ll lose the war with France? It’s hard to say. As is their custom, our new leaders will strip every open space of all grass and replace it with that weird pink gravel they’re so obsessed with. Eton will keep its name but fulfil a new role as the Ecole Technocratique Nationale.No longer able to define themselves in patriotic opposition to their French counterparts, our holiday towns will be deserted, with disastrous effects on house prices. Marmite and baked bean factories will be blown up. Rather than a Byzantine dance of conspiracy and interviews, the next series of Line of Duty will be six hours of horny students being beaten up by cops. Now Daft Punk have disbanded, there will be nobody to headline Glastonbury. Coffee will become undrinkable and, strangely, so will tea.It won’t all be bad. France is sometimes described as a paradise populated by people who think they’re living in hell, which is to say the opposite of Surrey. There will be advantages: cooked breakfast will be banned, replaced by room-temperature breakfast, and lunch will be compulsory. Pret a Manger will be seized by the state, briefly renamed Ready to Eat and then razed to the ground to encourage the others. Tinned confit duck will no longer have to be smuggled back in the boots of family cars but instead will be made available in every newsagent.There will be wine everywhere, except McDonald’s, where there will be beer. The price of Greggs sausage rolls will be capped by the state. It will cost money to drive on motorways but they will all be incredible.Rather than chiding our politicians for extramarital shenanigans, we will be forced to admire them, and instead berate any who make the error of marrying their lovers. It will be impossible to get a job but also impossible to be sacked. Everyone will work less but, inexplicably, be more productive. Everyone will retire at 62, except train drivers who will retire at 52. All parents will have access to cheap childcare. We’ll have a national anthem with a discernible tune.When we lose the war with France, England will be the winner.







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Netanyahu loses mandate to form Israel govt, opening door for rivals From “World News Headlines, Latest International News, World Breaking News – Times of India”



In power from 1996 to 1999 and again since 2009, Netanyahu has acquired a reputation as a master political survivor.JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s mandate to form a government following an inconclusive election expired on Wednesday, giving his rivals a chance to take power and end the divisive premier’s record tenure. Netanyahu, on trial over corruption charges he denies, had a 28-day window to secure a coalition following the March 23 vote, Israel’s fourth in less than two years. The 71-year-old’s right-wing Likud party won the most seats in the vote, but he and his allies came up short of an absolute majority in the 120-seat Knesset, Israel’s parliament. The results delivered by a deeply fractured electorate left Netanyahu with a daunting path towards 61 seats, as voters broadly chose not to reward him for a successful coronavirus vaccination campaign. President Reuven Rivlin’s office said in a statement that Netanyahu had “informed (the presidency) that he was unable to form a government and so returned the mandate to the president.” In power from 1996 to 1999 and again since 2009, Netanyahu has acquired a reputation as a master political survivor and Israeli media had over the past four weeks feverishly speculated about deals he was hatching to stay in power. But the obstacles that faced Netanyahu the morning after the vote remained largely unchanged. A Netanyahu-led coalition likely would have required tacit cooperation between the conservative Islamic Raam party and the far-right Religious Zionism alliance, whose leaders have hurled incendiary anti-Arab rhetoric during their political careers. Raam’s leader Mansour Abbas had said he was open to any arrangement that improved living standards for Israel’s 20 percent Arab minority. But Religious Zionism’s leader Bezalel Smotrich has repeatedly called Raam “terror supporters” who he refused to work with. Netanyahu also could have made up the numbers by making peace with his estranged former protégé, the religious nationalist Naftali Bennett, and convincing Likud defectors in the New Hope party to return home. New Hope’s leader Gideon Saar maintained that his party was committed to ousting Netanyahu. Bennett, a multi-millionaire former tech entrepreneur, said Monday he could have endorsed Netanyahu to preserve right-wing governance but saw no path for the prime minister to clinch a viable coalition. Likud on Wednesday blasted Bennett for what it called “his refusal to form a right-wing government.” Bennett has long been viewed as a hardliner and enthusiastic supporter of Jewish settlement expansion on occupied Palestinian territory in the West Bank. But he sought to highlight his business and management credentials as pandemic closures ravaged Israel’s economy. Bennett has said his top priority is avoiding a fifth election and that he would work towards a unity government if Netanyahu could not form a coalition. Bennett may end up leading such a unity government, despite his Yamina party only controlling seven seats. Rivlin said he would contact political leaders on Wednesday morning “regarding the continuation of the process of forming a government.” He can assign a new 28-day mandate to another lawmaker, with opposition leader Yair Lapid the most likely choice after his centrist Yesh Atid party finished second in the vote. Lapid has confirmed that he offered Bennett the chance to serve first as premier in a rotational coalition, in the interest of ending Netanyahu’s tenure. “There is an historic opportunity. To break down the barriers at the heart of Israeli society. To unite religious and secular, left and right and center,” Lapid said Monday. “It’s time to choose. Between a unity government or ongoing division.” The former television presenter said last week’s stampede that killed 45 mainly ultra-Orthodox Jews at a religious festival was a consequence of Israel lacking a “functioning government.” He conceded that an ideologically divided coalition forged mainly through shared opposition against Netanyahu “won’t be perfect”, but would prioritise national interests. Rather than tap another lawmaker to form a government, the president could ask the Knesset to select a name, a move unlikely to break the deadlock that could accelerate Israel’s return to the polls. In a widely-criticised manouevre, Netanyahu and his allies have flirted with legislation to create a direct vote for prime minister, hoping he would emerge victorious in a divided field. Likud members made moves to advance such legislation as the prime minister’s mandate was expiring on Tuesday, but with little sign of success. FacebookTwitterLinkedinEMail







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Modi’s party loses key state election amid pandemic vote; India sees record deaths From “World”




India has recorded over 3,000 deaths for the fourth straight day.







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