Nepal PM expands his cabinet
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 14:16
Kathmandu: Nepal's Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal has expanded his cabinet with an addition of 12 ministers from his own party.

Khanal yesterday inducted five ministers and seven cabinet rank ministers from his party, Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxists-Leninists (CPN-UML), taking the total number of the cabinet members to 20.

Those appointed include Bhanubhakta Jaishi (Forest Minister), Raghubir Mahaseth (Irrigation), Urmila Aryal (Local Development), Gokarna Bista (Energy) and Yuvraj Karki (General Administration).

Newly appointed State Ministers are Radha Gyawali, Shatrughan Mahato, Ramji Sharma, Dal Bahadur Sunwar, Dambar Sambahamphe, Bhagwati Chaudhary and Le harkyal Lama.

The swearing-in ceremony will take place on Wednesday, according to the Prime Minister's press adviser.

The cabinet expansion had been delayed for weeks due to a dispute over power-sharing between the political parties.

The cabinet expansion comes at a time when the government is facing pressure for completion of the peace process and the writing of a fresh constitution.

Although the Maoists were allocated 11 cabinet ministers only 4 have been inducted so far.

The Maoists are demanding Home Ministry which is causing delay in the cabinet expansion.

Madhesi Peoples Rights Forum led by Upendra Yadav did not take part in cabinet expansion due to some differences on power sharing between Yadav and Prime Minister Khanal.

Khanal government has not yet taken full shape even as more than two months have passed since its formation.

Meanwhile, one of the newly-inducted ministers, Minister for Energy Gokarna Bista was attacked with Khukuri last night by unidentified armed men near his residence.

An un identified group attacked Minister Bista as soon as he came out of his home at Gongabun in the northern Kathmandu with his supports.

He was rushed to Manmohan Memorial Hospital immediately after the inciden and is out of danger, according to the police.


First Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 14:16

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