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Trump willing to partner with Oli to promote stability, governance and growth

KATHMANDU:  The US President Donald J. Trump has congratulated KP Sharma Oli for being elected as the Prime Minister of Nepal.

Trump also congratulated Oli for the historic completion of local, provincial and national elections as testament to the country’s allegiance to inclusive democratic governance.

In his message to the newly elected Prime Minister, the President has expressed his readiness to advance the partnership between the two countries and to support the goals of promoting stability, good governance and sustainable economic growth, a press release issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs reads.

–  REPUBLICA

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UML SC authorises Oli to decide ministers’ names

KATHMANDU:  The standing committee (SC) meeting of CPN-UML which was being held to decide the names of lawmakers to be inducted in the government, has concluded.

Since the meeting could not execute a unanimous decision on the names, the SC has now authorised party chair and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to pick the 11 names that will join the Cabinet.

The meeting has also officially decided to work toward including Madhes based parties, Federal Socialist Forum Nepal and Rashtriya Janata Party Nepal, in the government.

Meanwhile, the committee meeting has also decided to halt all decision making activities at the committee and organisational levels,  in view of the ongoing unification process between UML and Maoist Centre.

–  THT ONLINE

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Oli, Dahal agree on 18 ministries in federal Nepal

KATHMANDU:  Prime Minister and chairperson of CPN UML, KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal, chair CPN (Maoist Center) have agreed to form the government with 18 ministries.

According to the country’s constitution, a government can form 25 ministries. While Dahal-Oli’s agreement is below the constitutional provisions, it nonetheless is more than what the previous Ministry of General Administration had recommended:  15 ministries for federal Nepal. At present, there are 31 ministries.

Both leaders have urged two separate taskforce committees to submit its report by before March 9. The report preparation taskforce is led by Madhav Kumar Nepal while the statute preparation committee is led by Ram Bahadur Thapa.

According to PM Oli’s Press coordinator, Chetan Adhikari, after the two left alliances signed a seven point agreement of Feb 19, both chairs have ordered the taskforces to submit its report highlighting organogram and political guideline of the Nepal Communist Party.

According to the Feb 19 agreement, Dahal and Oli will be co-chairs until the new party’s first general assembly takes place in another two years.

The meeting between two chairs was held at Prime Minister’s residence.

–  REPUBLICA

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