Deputy Speaker Shiva Maya Tumbahamphe has refused to resign and become minister for now.
Prime Minister (PM) KP Sharma Oli phoned Tumbahapmphe, who is currently the acting speaker following resignation of Krishna Bahadur Mahara, offering her the post of minister.
CPN can appoint speaker if Tumbahamphe resigns as the Constitution requires speaker and deputy speaker to be from separate parties. Speaker will have to be appointed from another party if Tumbahamphe, also from the ruling CPN, continues as deputy speaker.
Tumbahamphe told PM Oli that the House of Representatives (HoR) would be marooned if she were to resign immediately. "Deputy speaker will not be sworn in immediately," Communication Expert with the federal parliament secretariat Shekhar Adhikari told Setopati. "She briefed PM Oli about the complexities of House."
PM Oli will try to make Tumbahamphe minister to keep the important post of speaker with the party despite her refusal now.
Published Date: Wednesday, Mangshir 4, 2076, 14:30:00