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Nepal Prime Minister Deuba likely to expand Cabinet today

Although the four parties in the ruling coalition have agreed to have seven ministries by the Congress and six by the UCPN (Maoist), the CPN-Unified Socialist Party, and the JSP, it is yet to be decided which party will get which ministry.

By Ranjana Thapa Magar KATHMANDU:- Two and a half months after the formation of the government, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has started the homework of expanding the cabinet.

With the repeal of the ordinance on political parties on Monday at the request of the ruling coalition parties, Prime Minister Deuba is about to complete the cabinet.

Although the four parties in the ruling coalition have agreed to have seven ministries by the Congress and six by the UCPN (Maoist), the CPN-Unified Socialist Party, and the JSP, it is yet to be decided which party will get which ministry. Prime Minister Deuba, who has already appointed ministers of state for home, finance, energy, justice, law, and parliamentary affairs, foreign affairs, and health, will appoint 16 more ministers.

The ruling coalition partner, the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Socialist,  has already announced the names of six ministers to join the government. Stating that the cabinet would be expanded by Wednesday, UCPN-M leader Metmani Chaudhary said, “As per the agreement reached between the coalition parties, the cabinet will now be completed.”

Similarly, the standing committee meeting of the CPN-Maoist on Wednesday will decide the name of the minister. UCPN-M leader Haribol Gajurel said that the name of the minister would be finalized by the standing committee meeting and submitted to Prime Minister Deuba.

The meeting of the standing committee scheduled for Tuesday was postponed to Wednesday. The Janata Samajwadi Party has The meeting of the standing committee scheduled for Tuesday was postponed to Wednesday. The Janata Samajwadi Party has also started internal homework to finalize the name of the minister. As soon as the ordinance on political parties was repealed as per his demand, consultation was started for the selection of ministers to be sent to the government, said JSP leader Mahendra Raya Yadav. As there are many aspirants to become a minister in the party, Jaspa has been forced to choose a minister.

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