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Maoist ministers resign en masse

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KATHMANDU — CPN (Maoist Centre) ministers have tendered their resignation to Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba en masse on Friday.

Minister without portfolio Girirajmani Pokharel submitted the resignation of all the ministers from the CPN (MC) to Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba after today’s cabinet meeting.

Delayed National Assembly election including other activities by the incumbent government were cited as the reasons for the mass resignation.

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Their resignation comes almost three months after PM Deuba stripped of their responsibilities protesting the party’s electoral alliance with the CPN-UML in the recently held federal and provincial assembly elections.

On October 17, Prime Minister Deuba had stripped 16 ministers, including seven state ministers, from the Maoist Centre of their responsibilities. But they continue their tenure without portfolio.

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Newly appointed guvs take oath of office and secrecy

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari has administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly appointed governors of all seven provinces on Friday amid a special function at the official residence of the President, Shital Niwas.

All seven governors appointed as the ceremonial state heads by the incumbent government on Wednesday were sworn-in at 4:00 pm Friday in Sheetal Niwas, according to Keshav Ghimire, joint secretary at the Office of the President.

Thegovernment had appointed Prof Govinda Subba as governor of Province 1, Ratneshwar Lal Kayastha as governor of Province 2, Anuradha Koirala for 3, Baburam Kunwar for 4, Umakanta Jha for 5, Durga Khanal for 6 and Mohan Raj Malla for Province 7.

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Immediately after their sworn in by the president, the election body on Friday itself handed over the name lists of those elected to the provincial assemblies under the proportional representation (PR) category in the polls held November 26 and December 7.

As per the legal provisions, the election body needs to submit the name lists of members elected to the provincial assemblies to the governors within five days after announcing the poll results.

Before that, the EC had distributed the certificates to the winning candidates, paving the way for the formation of provincial assemblies and for conducting the upper house elections slated for February 7.

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