PM threatens to stand down
Problems in Nepal continue with Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal announcing that he will step down by 13th August if there hasn’t been significant progress in the stalled peace process.
He made the announcement as he was swearing in ten new ministers, nine of which come from the country’s Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) party. The reshuffle has been widely opposed by other parliamentary parties and there have been calls for the prime minister’s resignation.
The parliament is coming up to the end of its three month term extension and it seems difficult to see how any further agreement is going to be reached in the current atmosphere.
The new ministers are as follows:
|Narayan Kaji Shrestha||Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs|
|Post Bahadur Bogati||Information and Communications|
|Lokendra Bista Magar||Health and Population|
|Pampha Bhusal||Peace and Reconstruction|
|Hisila Yami||Land Reforms and Management|
|Lekh Raj Bhatta||Science and Technology|
|Jaya Puri Gharti||Women Children and Social Welfare|
|Onsari Gharti Magar||Youth and Sports|
|Bijaya Yadav||Commerce and Supplies|