KATHMANDU, March 28 – After much deliberation, the Nepalese Congress has finalized its candidates for ministerial posts in the new government headed by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal. The party will receive eight ministries, including those of Finance, Foreign Relations and Health, among others. President Deuba will appoint eight ministers from among his close kin, with Vice President Purna Bahadur Khadka likely to lead the team and Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat expected to be the next Finance Minister.
Other top picks for ministerial posts include NP Saud, Ramesh Rijal and Sita Gurung, as well as Rajan KC and Deepak Khadka recommended by Prakashman Singh and Shashank Koirala respectively. Businessman Binod Chaudhary and Udaya Shumsher Rana are also said to be pushing for the post of Foreign Minister.
In addition, the Shekher-Gagan-led group of the Nepali Congress is expected to receive two ministries. The new Cabinet is expected to be formed soon, with the Nepalese Congress joining other key coalition partners in supporting the new government’s agenda.