Published On: October 13, 2022 06:15 PM NPT By: Republica | @RepublicaNepal
KATHMANDU, October 13: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has relieved four ministers representing the Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP) which left the ruling coalition last week.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari relieved the ministers from their respective ministerial portfolios at the recommendation of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba as per Article 77 (2) of the Constitution of Nepal. Those relieved from the ministerial position include Minister for Federal Affairs and General Administration Rajendra Shrestha, Minister for Forest and Environment Pradeep Yadav, Minister for Physical Infrastructure Mohammad Istiyak Rai and Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Mrigendra Kumar Singh.
According to the code of conduct of the Election Commission, even if these ministers are removed, the chances of the prime minister being able to appoint new ministers are very low. The EC states that new appointments in the Cabinet will violate the election code of conduct.
According to a press statement issued by the Office of President, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Gobinda Prasad Sharma (Koirala) has also been relieved from the post as he could not be a member of the federal parliament within six months as stipulated in the Article 78 of the Constitution of Nepal. Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gyanendra Bahadur Karki has been entrusted with the responsibility of the law ministry as well.
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