CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) have reached an understanding to keep 18 ministries at the federal level.
A meeting of leaders of the two parties at the Prime Minister’s Official residence in Baluwatar on Thursday has reached an understanding to keep 18 minsitries as per the recommendation of the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, according to Maoist leader Devendra Paudel who was also present in the meeting.
He added that the parties have also reached an understanding to expand the Cabinet once the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers decides to merge the existing 31 minsitries into 18.
Prime Minister KP Oli and Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal had a one-on-one meeting after the meeting.
Paudel revealed that the Cabinet meeting on Friday will approve the number of ministries.
The General Administration Ministry earlier had recommended to keep 15 ministries at the center.
The Constitution has set a limit of 25 ministers in the federal government.