Nepal swears in Maoist ministers

Five new ministers are inducted as former communist rebels rejoin government.

    Mahara will hold the influential communication and information portfolios [EPA] 

    "Our party is ready to fight the hurdles that will emerge in the days ahead in successfully conducting the poll.

     

    "Our way of working will be different now on," Mahara said.

     

    April election

     

    The Maoists, who fought a 10-year insurgency against the government, in which more than 13,000 people died, agreed to rejoin the interim coalition government last week.

     

    The reconciliation came only after the seven main political parties agreed to abolish the country's 239-year-old monarchy immediately after elections now scheduled for April.

     

    The Maoists had withdrawn their political involvement in September demanding electoral reform and the removal of the king.

    The government then postponed elections which had been planned for November.

    Four of the five newly appointed cabinet ministers had served in the government between April and September.

     

    Pampha Bhusal is the only one new to the cabinet, and will be the minister for women and social welfare.

     

    Dev Gurung is to be the minister for local development, controlling city and village councils.


    Matrika Yadav will be the minister for forest and soil conservation.

     

    Hisila Yami, who becomes the minister for physical planning, said: "We fought for a constituent assembly for 10 years. It will be our priority to make the election to the assembly a success.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Still Here: A story of incarceration and gentrification in the US

    Still Here: A story of incarceration and gentrification in the US

    Many formerly imprisoned women of colour return to neighbourhoods transformed beyond recognition. What awaits them?

    The 'risky business' of tracking Rwandan fugitive Felicien Kabuga

    The 'risky business' of tracking Rwandan fugitive Felicien Kabuga

    The former chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda discusses the hunt for genocide suspects.

    Doctors race to understand new illness afflicting children

    Doctors race to understand new illness afflicting children

    More and more cases of a Kawasaki-like disease, called PMIS or MIS-C, reported among children exposed to coronavirus.