Nepal PM Oli makes major changes to Cabinet
Bishnu Poudel and Raghubir Mahaseth of the Oli-led Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) and Rajendra Mahato of the JSP will now serve as Deputy Prime Ministers. K P Sharma Oli, Nepal's Prime Minister, reshuffled his cabinet, removing Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokhrel and Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Gyawali, among others, and inducting 10 Janata Samajbadi Party members (JSP). Bishnu Poudel and Raghubir Mahaseth of the Oli-led Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) and Rajendra Mahato of the JSP will now serve as Deputy Prime Ministers. Oli administered the oath of office and secrecy to all the new ministers at the President's home in the evening, in the presence of Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari. The CPN-UML now has seven ministers, including Oli, compared to the JSP's nine. The JSP, on the other hand, is on the verge of disintegration, as a rival group led by Upendra Yadav has already expelled four major leaders, including Mahato.
Poudel, who was promoted to Deputy Prime Minister, is still in charge of Finance, while Mahaseth, another Deputy Prime Minister, is in control of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. A Constitutional Bench of Nepal's Supreme Court is hearing legal objections against Oli's appointment as caretaker Prime Minister on May 23, as well as the dissolution of Parliament. Several petitions have been circulated calling for Sher Bahadur Deuba, the head of the opposition Nepali Congress, to be named Prime Minister in Oli's stead after Deuba claimed to have majority support in Parliament but was ignored by the president.