Digital Desk, Kathmandu. Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has expanded his cabinet for the second time since the dissolution of the House of Representatives last month. Oli has appointed seven cabinet ministers and one minister of state. According to a notice published by the President’s Office, the current Council of Ministers now consists of 22 Cabinet Ministers and three Ministers of State.

Oli has appointed Khagraj Adhikari as Home Minister. The Home Minister’s post was vacant after the Supreme Court on May 20 annulled the appointment of seven ministers, including Ram Bahadur Thapa, who was heading the Home Ministry. Oli dissolved the house a day later. The other appointees are Nayankala Thapa, Jwala Kumari Sah, Narad Muni Rana, Raj Kishore Yadav, Ganesh Kumar Pahari and Mohan Bania. Ram Bahadur Thapa’s wife Nayankala Thapa has been given the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. Sah has been given agriculture, Rana has been given forest, Yadav has been given commerce and supply and hill general administration. Bania has been made Minister without portfolio and Asha Vishwakarma has been made Minister of State for Forests.

Earlier on Friday, Oli expanded his cabinet to include eight cabinet ministers and two new ministers of state. Oli had appointed three deputy prime ministers, two of whom are from the Madhesi community. He has given the urban development ministry to senior Janata Samajwadi Party leader Rajendra Mahato, appointed as the deputy prime minister, while the CPN-appointed deputy prime minister- Raghuveer Mahaseth of UML has been given the Ministry of External Affairs. The third Deputy Prime Minister Vishnu Paudyal has got the charge of the Finance Ministry. He is from UML party.

Let us tell you that Nepal is currently facing a political crisis. On December 20 last year, Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari on the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli dissolved the 275-member House of Representatives and announced mid-term elections on April 30 and May 10. But the country’s Supreme Court restored the dissolved House of Representatives in February last, which came as a setback for Oli. The President dissolved the House of Representatives for the second time on 22 May on the recommendation of the Prime Minister and announced mid-term elections on 12 and 19 November. The matter is again in the Supreme Court.

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