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Deuba sworn in as Nepal PM, forms small cabinet

Sher Bahadur Deuba was sworn in Nepal’s new prime minister and formed a small cabinet with seven ministers.

world Updated: Jun 07, 2017 22:09 IST
Anil Giri
Anil Giri
Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
Nepal government,Sher Bahadur Deuba,Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda
Nepal's newly elected Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba (right) is sworn in by President Bidhya Bhandari (left), as outgoing prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” (2nd from left) looks on at the President's House in Kathmandu on June 7, 2017. Nepal's parliament on June 6 elected the three-time former prime minister to the top post again, the tenth time in just over a decade the leadership has changed hands in the Himalayan nation. (AFP)

Veteran politician Sher Bahadur Deuba was sworn in as Nepal’s new prime minister on Wednesday and formed a small cabinet with seven members.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered the oath of office and secrecy to Deuba, 70, during a function at the President’s Office. This will be his fourth stint in the top post.

He chose seven ministers - three each from the Nepali Congress and CPN-Maoist Centre and one from the Nepal Loktantrik Forum.

Gopal Man Shrestha of the Nepali Congress was appointed deputy prime minister and minister for education. Gyanendra Bahadur Karki and Farmullah Mansoorwere appointed as finance minister and labour minister respectively.

Krishna Bahadur Mahara of CPN-Maoist Centre was appointed deputy prime minister and foreign minister. CPN-MC leader Janardan Sharma was appointed home minister and Prabhu Sah was appointed as a minister without portfolio.

Nepal Loktantrik Forum chairman Bijay Kumar Gachhadar was appointed deputy prime minister and minister for federal affairs and local development.

Deuba, also president of the Nepali Congress, returned to power on Tuesday, 12 years after he was unceremoniously removed by then King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah.

He received 388 votes during voting in the 593-member Parliament. A total of 558 lawmakers voted in the prime ministerial election, with Deuba being the lone candidate.

Former premier Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda’s CPN-MC, the Rastriya Prajatantra Party, Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal, Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal, Nepal Loktantrik Forum and CPN-Samyukta voted for Deuba.

The RJP-N, which has 25 seats in Parliament, voted for Deuba after reaching a three-point deal under which the new government will address the party’s demand for amending the Constitution.

First Published: Jun 07, 2017 18:56 IST