Kathmandu, June 1
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has appointed two ministers as his deputies.
Defence Minister Ishwor Pokhrel, who was already a member of the Cabinet, and Upendra Yadav, who was inducted to the Cabinet on Friday, have taken their oaths of office as Deputy Prime Minister.
According to sources, NCP leader and then Maoist leader Ram Bahadur Thapa also wanted the post, but Prime Minister Oli had denied him saying that he would not appoint any deputy. However, following the merger of the Maoist Centre party with the UML, Thapa dropped his demand.
Similarly, Minister of State for Information Gokul Banskota has been promoted to minister. Md Istakiya Rine of the Upendra Yadav-led Federal Socialist Forum has been named Minister for Urban Development.