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Nepali PM secures vote of confidence in Parliament

Prime Minister of Nepal K.P Sharma Oli reacts after he secured the majority of the vote of confidence from the House of Representatives (HoR), the lower house of the Federal Parliament, in Kathmandu, Nepal, on March 11, 2018. (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma)

KATHMANDU, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Prime Minister of Nepal K.P Sharma Oli secured Sunday the majority of the vote of confidence from the House of Representatives (HoR), the lower house of the Federal Parliament.

Oli bagged 208 votes out of the 268 votes in the lower house of the Federal Parliament, HoR Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara said during the parliament session in the Capital.

Sixty members of parliament voted against the prime minister, while seven remained absent in 275-member HoR.

Addressing the Parliament session, the prime minister expressed confidence that his government would work to steer the country toward political stability and economic prosperity.

Oli also vowed to control corruption in the country, saying that his government will have a policy of "zero tolerance toward corruption."

The prime minister also urged the main opposition Nepali Congress to make a fair judgment toward his government.

According to existing constitutional provisions of Nepal, the new prime minister must secure the vote of confidence from the Parliament within 30 days of his/her appointment.

Oli, the chairman of Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist), became the 41st Prime Minister of Nepal on Feb. 15 this year.

Oli came to power, two months after the Himalayan nation held historic provincial and parliament elections simultaneously in two phases last year.

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