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Ministers take oath at Singhdurbar, break the tradition

Written by: Staff

Kathmandu, May 2 (UNI) Breaking the tradition of taking oath at the Royal palace in the presence of Nepal King Gyanendra, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala adminstered the oath of office to newly- appointed six ministers at Singhdurbar today.

Prime minister Koirala appointed three ministers from Nepali Congress and one each from CPN, UML, Nepali Congress (Democratic)and United Left Front.

Three other parties of the seven-party alliance Nepal Sadbhavana Party, Nepal Majdoor and Kisan party and Peoples' Front have not been represented in the new cabinet.

Leader of the CPN, UML KP Oli is the deputy prime minister with the portfolio of Foreign Affairs, Dr Ram Sharan Mahat of the Nepali Congress is Finance minister, Mr Krishna Sitaula is the home minister and Mr Mahanth Thakur the agriculture minister.

Mr Gopal Man Shrestha of the NC D and Prabhunarayan Chaudhary of United Left Front are also the ministers in the new cabinet.

The oath taking ceremony was held at the National Planning Commission attended by leaders of the seven parties, officials and media persons.

There was pressure on the new government and the party leaders not to take oath of office at the palace in presence of the king.

Speaking briefly, PM Koirala said the government would work according to the peoples' expectation without compromise with any one.

He said the government would implement the road map of the seven parties and the 12-point agreements with the Maoists.

The time is very short and we have to implement the task quickly, he said.

The meeting of the new cabinet is taking place at the Singhdurbar this evening.

This is the first time that the cabinet members have taken oath at the Singhdurbar in the history of Nepal as they used to take oath of office at the palace in the presence of the king.

There was pressure from people that the prime minister and cabinet members should not take oath of office at the palace in front of the king.


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