Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has successfully secured a vote of confidence from the House of Representatives for the fourth time during his third term, despite facing obstruction from Nepali Congress.

The vote, held on Monday, saw 158 MPs taking part in the voting, where 157 MPs voted in favor while 1 remained neutral.

Dahal’s vote of confidence follows the Janata Samajwadi Party, Nepal (JSP) withdrawing its support on May 13th. According to clause (2) of Article 100 of the Constitution, if a party splits or withdraws support, the Prime Minister must seek a vote of confidence within 30 days.

In his last confidence vote on March 13, 2024, Dahal secured the support of 157 MPs after the Nepali Congress (NC) retracted its support. Dahal’s second vote of confidence was on March 20, 2023, while his first took place shortly after his appointment, on January 10, 2023.

The main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC) has been obstructing parliamentary procession since a month and continued obstruction as Prime Minister appealed for vote of confidence today.

Prime Minister Dahal speaking on the rostrum said, “I would like to address especially all the honorable members of the Nepali Congress. Today, you have done wrong. You have set a bad example in history by not supporting the Prime Minister, who has stood by you many times in the past. This Prime Minister, whom you have helped bring to the path of dialogue and consensus, as per the constitution. I want to express my deep sorrow for this. The Nepali Congress will pay a high price for this action, and today’s behavior will be remembered as a stigma in the history of Nepal.”