Cabinet likely to expand today

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and CPN Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal have met today, giving continuity to a series of meetings to discuss the Cabinet expansion and party unification process.

The two communist leaders would hold a separate meeting of the left alliance task force, following the mid-day meeting being held at the PM's official residence in Baluwatar, Kathmandu, according to PM's press coordinator Chetan Adhikari.

He said, the organisational structure and political guideline of the unified party will be addressed in the meeting of the task force later.

He hinted that the cabinet could expand today, once both leaders agree on the number of ministries, representing both CPN-UML and CPN MC.

Recently, the ruling coalition partners — UML and CPN Maoist Centre — have signed a seven-point agreement on the modality of the unification.

The Cabinet expansion was postponed on Wednesday, despite having 18 new members comprising CPN-UML and CPN MC parliamentarians slated to join in.

Currently, there are only two UML lawmakers — Lalbabu Pandit and Thama Maya Thapa Magar— in the cabinet formed by PM Oli after being appointed to the top executive post.