Oli, Dahal agree on 18 ministries in federal Nepal
February 22, 2018 02:25 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, Feb 22: Prime Minister and chairperson of CPN UML, KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal, chair CPN (Maoist Center) have agreed to form the government with 18 ministries.
According to the country’s constitution, a government can form 25 ministries. While Dahal-Oli’s agreement is below the constitutional provisions, it nonetheless is more than what the previous Ministry of General Administration had recommended: 15 ministries for federal Nepal. At present, there are 31 ministries.
Both leaders have urged two separate taskforce committees to submit its report by before March 9. The report preparation taskforce is led by Madhav Kumar Nepal while the statute preparation committee is led by Ram Bahadur Thapa.
According to PM Oli's Press coordinator, Chetan Adhikari, after the two left alliances signed a seven point agreement of Feb 19, both chairs have ordered the taskforces to submit its report highlighting organogram and political guideline of the Nepal Communist Party.
According to the Feb 19 agreement, Dahal and Oli will be co-chairs until the new party’s first general assembly takes place in another two years.
The meeting between two chairs was held at Prime Minister’s residence.