Saturday, August 30, 2008

Prachanda to expand cabinet on Sunday

Prime Minister Prachanda has said the cabinet will take full shape on Sunday.

During his meeting with CPN (United Centre) general secretary Narayan Kaji Shrestha 'Prakash' at Baluwatar Saturday, PM Prachanda said "technical problems" that hampered the cabinet formation had been resolved and that a full-fledged cabinet would be in place on Sunday.

Dahal also expressed confidence that minor allies like Janamorcha Nepal and CPN (Marxist Leninist) would join the government Sunday itself.

New ministers were to be inducted on Friday, but the process was put on hold with the Maoists not being able to name their remaining ministers.

Besides, the three ruling allies - Maoists, Unified Marxist Leninist (UML) and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) - are expected to decide today whether to appoint deputy prime ministers.

PM Prachanda remained busy in discussions today with leaders of various parties including UML general secretary Jhala Nath Khanal to resolve issues concerning the cabinet formation

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