Nepalese leader KP Sharma Oli speaks in Parliament in Kathmandu, Nepal on May 10. Nisha Bhandari / AFP / Getty Images
Nepalese leader KP Sharma Oli was reappointed the country’s prime minister on Thursday after losing a vote of confidence earlier this week when a deadly second wave of Covid-19 devastated the country.
Cases in Nepal have grown dramatically over the past month. The country now reports more than 9,000 new Covid 19 cases every day.
Critics said Oli could have done more to stop the second wave that stretched hospitals to the point of rupture. The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Center), which was formerly part of the ruling party, withdrew its support for Oli’s government.
Oli then looked for a vote of confidence in parliament on Monday – which Oli lost.
That brought the country into political unrest. Oli had to resign and the opposition parties had until Thursday to form a coalition government.
However, the opposition parties failed to garner majority legislature support for the formation of the next government within the deadline set by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari.
According to the Nepalese office of president, Oli will take an oath of office on Friday.
The prime minister now has to prove a majority in parliament within 30 days. If he doesn’t, the country will go to mid-term elections so that the heads of state and government can win a new mandate.
Why is that important?
Viewers fear that Nepal could soon face a crisis as bad as neighboring India. Oxygen is already scarce and patients are running out of beds.
And in Nepal, where at best there is a fragile health system, things can only get worse.
Nonetheless, some critics fear that the Nepalese heads of state and government are more concerned with politics than with the looming health crisis.