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No government is permanent in democracy : PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Wednesday urged neighboring nations, foreign ambassadors and the international community to remain updated on the exact situation, feelings, efforts and policies of the government eliminating confusion and misperceptions.

Leader Oli has also dispersed bits of gossip that the government is in a crisis hinting at the recent political drama about regime change.

Addressing the representatives of Katmandu-based diplomatic missions in the Capital on Wednesday, PM Oli said that no government is permanent in a democratic system. “The term of current parliament will end on January 21, 2018, according to the constitution, until then this government will remain at the helm,” he said.

He appealed to the International community to not doubt the government’s commitment towards democracy, political stability and the human rights.

Briefing the international community the PM additionally said the government was trying endeavors for the implementation of the new Constitution, and alongside this it was trying to convince the Madhes-based parties which have been protesting against the Constitution.

“Everything can be resolved through discourse and we are focused on amending the Constitution to satisfy the dissident parties’ real demands,” the PM said.

Oli further said the only genuine demands of the disgruntled parties will be addressed within the jurisdictions of the constitution. “That’s why we have invited the agitating groups to the negotiating table for dialogue,” said PM Oli.

PM Oli made it clear that the reason behind the government’s aim to hold the local body election is to facilitate the post-earthquake reconstruction as the local election has not been held for the past 15 years.

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On the occasion, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa also briefed the foreign diplomats about the government’s efforts for reconstruction of structures damaged by the massive earthquakes last year and its efforts aimed at concluding the peace process.

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New govt likely to have 18 ministers

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KATHMANDU — The new government is likely to have 15 to 18 ministries in total as Prime mInister KP Sharma Oli is preparing to give his cabinet a full shape.

As per discussion between Prime Minister Oli and CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the government may include Madhes-based parties to make the government inclusive and have two-thirds majority in the Parliament.

According to Article 76 (9) of the constitution, the number of ministers cannot exceed 25 in the federal Cabinet. With the new constitution limiting the size of Council of Ministers to 25, the new governing team could be limited to 18 members including three state ministers. A formal decision on the matter is yet to be taken.

Speaking at a program organised in Kathmandu on Tuesday, UML leader Pradeep said: “Cabinet expansion is likely to take place on Wednesday. A few Maoist ministers will be joining the Oli government.”

“Our taskforce has recommended that the government form a 15-member Cabinet. Some of the ministries will be integrated and others scrapped.”

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Ishwor Pokhrel, Pradeep Gyawali, Rabindra Adhikari, Raghubir Mahaseth, Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal and Padma Aryal are the probable ministerial candidates from the UML.

Like3wise, Maoist chair Dahal and senior CPN-MC leaders Narayan Kaji Shrestha and Ram Bahadur Thapa have been given the responsibility of selecting ministers from their party.

Probable ministerial candidates from the Maoist Centre include Ram Bahadur Thapa, Matrika Yadav, Pampha Bhusal, Devendra Poudel, Lekhraj Bhatta, Chakrapani Khanal, Pun, Girirajmani Pokhrel and Dev Gurung, according to the sources.

Thapa may lead the CPN-MC in the government as deputy prime minister. Yadav is being considered for appointment since he represents Madhes, Bhusal as a woman while Poudel is one of the leaders who joined the party lately. Poudel had left the Baburam Bhattarai-led Naya Shakti Party to join the Maoist Centre just ahead of unification talks with the UML.

Leaders involved in discussions said the Maoist Centre could appoint up to eight ministers if the Cabinet size does not exceed 18.

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