Govt nominates 14 ambassadors on pro rata quota

KATHMANDU: The second meeting of the Cabinet on Monday decided to recommend the names of 14 persons for appointment as Nepali ambassadors in various diplomatic missions abroad.

The ruling parties --Nepali Congress, CPN Maoist Centre and Rastriya Prajatantra Party -- resorted to a quota system based on their size in the Parliament, while one nominee is from Madhesi Janadhakar Forum-Democratic, which is not in the government.

The nominees are as follows:

  1. Yuba Nath Lamsal (Denmark)
  2. Lakki Sherpa (Australia)
  3. Mahendra Bahadur Singh (Saudi Arabia)
  4. Padam Sundas (Bahrain)
  5. Sharmila Parajuli (Oman)
  6. Arjun Jung Bahadur Singh (South Korea)
  7. Bhim Udas (Myanmar)
  8. Dr Choplal Bhusal (Bangladesh)
  9. Prof. Bishwambher Pyakuryal (Sri Lanka)
  10. Ramesh Prasad Koirala (Qatar)
  11. Aasha Lama (United Arab Emirates)
  12. Pratibha Rana (Japan)
  13. Bharat Rayamajhi (Spain)
  14. Niranjan Thapa (Israel)

Nepali Congress, the major coalition ally, chose six -- Singh, Udas, Bhusal, Pyakuryal, Koirala and Lama -- for the ambassadorial job from its quota, while three -- Lamsal, Sherpa and Sundas -- made it to the nomination from Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal's party CPN Maoist Centre.

Lamsal is a former editor of the state-run The Rising Nepal English national daily. All Maoist nominees were recommended for the ambassadorship by the KP Sharma Oli-led Cabinet in April last year also. The Maoist-Nepali Congress government, however, withdrew their names in August.

Another nominee, Sharmila Parajuli, was also in the last year's list. She was recommended by the Bijay Kumar Gachhadar-led Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic.

Bhusal, a medical doctor by profession, is the husband of Nepali Congress leader Pushpa Bhusal. Udas is a leader of the Non-Resident Nepali Association. He was residing in the United States. Pyakuryal is a renowned economist and retired professor of the Tribhuvan University.

Likewise, Rana and Thapa are central leaders of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party. Thapa is a Panchayat era minister. Rana is the mother-in-law of Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba.

Rayamajhi, a retired Nepal Army Lieutenant General, is also said to be of an RPP loyal.

Currently, 13 Nepali diplomatic outposts are headless for over a year, while the government decided to open a new embassy in Spain -- apparently as an adjustment to quota distribution.


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