Saturday, August 23, 2008

Nepali 3rd largest CA party not to take oath Friday

Ministers from the third largest party in the Constituent Assembly , the Communist Party of Nepal will not take the oath of office and secrecy on Friday.

Due to dispute with the Communist Party of Nepal , over who should be the senior-most minister after Prime Minister and CPN-M Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal Puspa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda" in the to-be-formed cabinet, the CPN-UML will not be sworn in on Friday, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, senior leader of the CPN-M told reporters on Friday afternoon.

However, Mahara believed the CPN-UML will join the cabinet and the dispute will be solved "after Prachanda comes back from China鈥�to participate in the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

On Friday, a cabinet with four ministers from the CPN-M and another four from the Madhesi People's Rights Forum will take the oath, Mahara informed.

On last Friday, the CPN-UML and the fourth largest CA party MPRF jointly voted Prachanda for the post of prime minister, together with most of the other minor CA parties.

On Friday morning, the CPN-UML has just nominated its ministers for the first Nepali republican cabinet to be formed. The team is to be led by its Standing Committee Member Bamdev Gautam as Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister.

The party has also decided to send Bishnu Paudel for Ministry of Water Resources portfolio, Kiran Gurung for Forest and Soil Conservation, Gopal Shakya in Youth and Sports and Ram Chandra Jhain Local Development and Astalaxmi Shakya in Industry and Commerce.

An agreement has been reached between the major partners of power that the CPN-UML will get the home ministry, local development, forest, water resources, youth and sports, and industry and commerce in the new cabinet of the republican Nepal led by Prime Minister and Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal Puspa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda".

Source: Xinhua

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