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
Mahendra Paswan Industry
Bijaya Yadav Commerce and Supplies
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