Kathmandu: Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Friday expanded the cabinet to include 17 ministers and two Union ministers of state, three months after taking office. With this, the number of ministers in the government increased to 25, including 22 ministers and three ministers of state.
Earlier there were only six members in the cabinet including the Prime Minister and a Minister of State. Prime Minister Deuba was unable to expand the cabinet due to a prolonged tussle over power sharing between the five-party ruling coalition. He himself was in charge of 17 ministries.
In the cabinet, five ministers have been made from the newly formed Communist Party of Nepal – Unified Socialist, while four ministers and one minister of state have been made from the Janata Socialist Party. Similarly, five ministers and one state minister from the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Center led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal have been inducted. At the same time, there are eight ministers and one minister of state from the Deuba-led Nepali Congress in the cabinet.