Long after becoming prime minister, Sher Bahadur Deuba is set to expand his cabinet on Tuesday. The government’s work has been affected due to the lack of expansion of the Council of Ministers and the opposition has also maintained opposition. As soon as the ordinance on division of political parties was withdrawn, Prime Minister Deuba started his homework to complete the government.
Although Prime Minister Deuba had discussed the issue with the leaders of the coalition parties several times before, the cabinet could not be completed as other parties could not name the minister. As per the agreement between the parties, the ruling Nepali Congress will get seven ministries.
Similarly, the CPN-Maoist Center, CPN-U and Janata Samajwadi have agreed to take 6 ministries each, the leaders said.
There is a legal provision for Prime Minister Deuba to form a 25-member cabinet. The government withdrew the ordinance after the Unified Socialists registered under the new ordinance got legal recognition.
Similarly, the Supreme Court’s decision not to issue an interim order in the ordinance has also paved the way for the expansion of the Council of Ministers. The Council of Ministers had issued an ordinance on the division of political parties.