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Nepal PM gives Maoists home ministry

world Updated: Feb 16, 2011 23:55 IST
Utpal Parashar

The ongoing political drama of twists and turns in Nepal continued on Wednesday with Maoists retracting from their earlier stance and deciding to join the Jhalanath Khanal government after the Prime Minister agreed to hand over the home ministry to the larger coalition partner despite stiff opposition with aim of saving the new government.

Despite voting Khanal to power, the Maoists had earlier decided to stay out of government following a tussle over the home portfolio. On Wednesday, Khanal and Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ reached an agreement that the largest party in parliament would get 11 ministries including home and foreign affairs.

There are reservations on giving the home ministry to Maoists as well as clauses in the deal on forming a separate security force for Maoist combatants and heading the government on rotational basis.