Ministers taking oath this evening in National Planning Commission Hall. They didn’t go to the royal palace to take oath. Pics by Bikas Rauniar
After days of tough bargaining the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) has formed a 7-member Council of Ministers with CPN UML leader K P Sharma Oli as the deputy to Prime Minister and Nepali Congress president Girija Prasad Koirala. Oli also holds the foreign affairs portfolio. N C Democratic leader Gopal Man Shrestha is a new Physical Planning (Awas tatha bhautik yojana) minister where as Ram Sharan Mahat is the Finance minister. Prabhu Narayan Chaudhari hold the Land Reform portfolio. SPA has decided to hold the oath taking ceremony somewhere outside the royal palace.
Prime Minister Koirala with his newly sworn in deupty K P Oli after the oath taking ceremony
“That might be in the parliament or in a public meeting hall,” said CPN UML leader Jhala Nath Khanal minutes ago in KTV. There are still 14 posts to fill and we can expect more bargaining, especially among NC, CPN UML and NC D, in the next few days. People had expected quick decisions from the Alliance and move ahead in the path of bringing peace in the country by holding talks with the Maoist rebels. If the last week is the morning for this government, we have to conclude that we don’t see bright future.
This government already got bad press today as Kantipur, their ally in the Jana Andolan 2, criticized the Alliance for being late to form the Council of Ministers. One can only hope that the Alliance leaders will learn to take decisions swiftly and quickly so that people won’t be disappointed. As we know when people are disappointed toward a government, royalists (who haven’t died yet) will try to interpret that as a failure of democracy in Nepal. We shouldn’t let democracy (even though we know we haven’t achieved complete democracy yet) fail just because of our inability to take right decisions at right time.