At a programme organized in Sheetal Niwas, president’s office on Monday, the president Bidhya Devi Bhandari administered oath of office and secrecy to the newly appointed prime minister Psuhpa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda).
Prachanda sworn-in as PM for the third time since 2008 and listed himself as the 44th PM of Nepal.
Along with Dahal, 8-member council of ministers that includes three deputy PMs – Rabi Lamichhane (RSP), Bishnu Poudel (CPN-UML) and Narayan Kaji Shrestha (CPN-Maoist Center) came into existence today.
The president Bhandari also administered the oath to other 7 ministers at a special ceremony held at Sheetal Niwas, a day after she appointed Prachanda as PM who was supported as the joint candidate by six pol parties and independents together mustering 169 members in a house of 275 members.
Prachhanda was appointed by the president Bhandari as PM on Sunday evening under the article 176 (2) after he presented her with 169 parliamentarians supporting in the new government formation.
Communist Party of Nepal- Unified Marxist Leninist, Rastriya Prajatantra Party, Rsastriya Swatantra Party, Nagarik Unmukti Party, Janata Samajbadi Party and the Janamat Party are in the list to support Dahal together with three independents Amresh Kumar Singh, Prabhu Sah and Kiran Kumar Yadav.
The high profile attendees at the program include vice president Nanda Kishor Pun, former PM as well as NC president Sher Bahadur Deuba, Rastriya Shava chair Ganesh Prasad Timilsina, CPN-UML chair KP Sharma Oli, CPN-US chair Madhav Kumar Nepal, NSP chair Baburam Bhattarai and the other.