Ishwor Pokharel to be defense minister, Khatiwada finance

CPN-UML General Secretary Ishwor Pokharel will become defense minister and former Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) governor Yuba Raj Khatiwada finance minister as Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will expand his Cabinet Monday.

Chief advisor to PM Oli Bishnu Rimal confirmed with Setopati that the two UML ministers will be sworn in as ministers along with Ram Bahadur Thapa  and Matrika Yadav from CPN (Maoist Center) on Monday.

Thapa will be home minister and Yadav industry, commerce and supplies minister.

Pokharel, who was claiming for finance minister, was offered foreign ministry by PM Oli Sunday evening. But the situation changed after Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) agreed to join the government as foreign minister Monday morning. Pokharel has been given defense ministry as a result.




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