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12 ministers inducted in Nepalese cabinet

Publication Date : 06-05-2012


Nepalese Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai yesterday reformed his Cabinet as agreed in Thursday’s power-sharing deal, inducting 12 Cabinet ministers from his party Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), Nepali Congress, and the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM).

This is the first "consensus government" joined by major political forces since the election of the Constituent Assembly in 2008.

However, constitutionally, this is a majority government as Bhattarai was elected the country’s top executive as per Article 38(2) of the Interim Constitution, which mandates the formation of a majority government if a consensus government fails. Just before the signing of the five-point agreement on Thursday midnight, all the ministers of the Bhattarai-led majority government had tendered their resignation.

The newly appointed ministers are Narayan Kaji Shrestha, Post Bahadur Bogati, Barshaman Pun, Top Bahadur Rayamajhi and Dinanath Sharma from the UCPN (Maoist), and Krishna Prasad Sitaula and Surya Gurung from the Nepali Congress.

Portfolios have not been assigned to the Maoist and NC ministers.

The ministers from the SLMM are Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar (Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister), Hridayesh Tripathi (Minister for Physical Planning and Works), Madhendra Yadav (Minister for Irrigation), Rajendra Mahato (Minister for Health) and Raj Kishore Yadav (Minister for Information and Communi-cations), all of whom retaining their previous portfolios. Even if the portfolios for NC and Maoists will be decided after the CPN-UML forwards names of its ministerial candidates, Shrestha was sworn in as a DPM.

cabinet from Pg 1PM Bhattarai, in presence of President Ram Baran Yadav, administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly appointed ministers amid a function at the President’s office on Saturday evening.

Minister Mahato, who is busy with his party’s ongoing general convention, will be sworn in a fewdays’ time.

The major political forces have formed a national unity government just 22 days before the tenure of the Constituent Assembly expires. The unity government is believed to give impetus to the constitution-writing process.

On Thursday night, parties singed a five-point deal promising to form a national unity government within two days to fast-track constitution-drafting.

In the deal, parties have also agreed to hand over the leadership of the consensus government to NC before constitution promulgation on May 27.

All the four governments formed in the past four years were majority ones, which failed on the constitution-writing front.

Maoist ministers

Narayan Kaji Shrestha

Post Bahadur Bogati

Barshaman Pun

Top Bahadur Rayamajhi

Dinanath Sharma

Nepali Congress ministers

Krishna Prasad Sitaula

Surya Man Gurung

Madhesi Morcha ministers

Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar (MJF-L)

Raj kishore Yadav (MJF-G)

Hridayesh Tripathy (TMLP)

Mahendra Yadav (TMLP-Nepal)

Rajendra Mahato (Sadhbhawana) — yet to take oath


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