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Cabinet expansion

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
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NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba (left) and senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel at an event in Kathmandu on Thursday. Photo: RSS

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is finally ready to give full shape to his cabinet this weekend.

Although he had been elected by Parliament as the new PM last month, Dahal has not been able to expand his cabinet due to an intra-party conflict between the NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba and senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel.

Dahal had agreed to give 13 ministerial berths to the NC. But Deuba had not been able to finalise the list of ministers from his party as Poudel demanded five cabinet berths for his faction.

Deuba had already selected seven ministers from his faction, offering four to Poudel’s camp. He had allocated the remaining two seats for Krishna Sitaula and Khum Bahadur Khadka’s camps. But Poudel rejected Deuba’s offer.

Dahal on Thursday agreed to give one more berth to the NC, enabling Deuba to offer five seats to Poudel. The NC will now have 14 ministers in the Dahal cabinet, which already has eight ministers from the CPN (Maoist-Centre).

New ministers are expected to be sworn in on Friday.

 

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One Response to “Cabinet expansion”

  1. Shyam Thapa on Says:

    As a matter of fact people are tired of horse trading in the politics of Nepal. The general public is no more interested who is going to become the ministers of which ministries as all the parties are the same only looking after their self interest. We need good governance, basic infrastructure like reliable water supply, good roads, regular supply of gas and petrol, less pollution in the cities, good education for the children and more than any things employment opportunities for the young. Fulfilling these basic needs is like chasing a mirage in the desert. The more we talk about it, the worse it is getting. We need a new political party where the members have more ethics and integrity, honest, sincere, serious about development, selfless, and many more.

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