Bahadur Deuba expanded his Cabinet by inducting eight state ministers

Vastavam web: Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba today expanded his Cabinet by inducting eight state ministers from the CPN (Maoist Centre), a major coalition partner in the government.With the induction, the number of ministers in the Deuba-led Cabinet formed on June 7 has reached 31. There are three Deputy Prime Ministers, 19 ministers and eight state ministers in the Cabinet.The newly appointed ministers are Mohammad Jakir Hussein for Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Ram Singh Yadav for Ministry of Health, Shyam Kumar Shrestha for Home Ministry, Shambhu Lal Shrestha for Ministry of Energy and Karna Bahadur BK for Ministry of Supplies.

All of the newly inducted state ministers are from the CPN-Moist Centre, a major coalition partner in Deuba’s government.Deuba also administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly-appointed ministers at the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers this afternoon.Dueba, who took over from Maoist leader Prachanda in a power-sharing deal in June, will visit India at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The veteran Nepali politician, known for his close ties with India, took over the reigns of Nepal when the Himalayan nation was navigating a political turmoil over the implementation of the Constitution and unrest in the southern plains due to the Madhesi agitation.Deuba had played a key role in bringing the agitating Madhes-based parties on board for the second phase of the local-level polls held on June 28.