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Politics (Council of Ministers)
[updated 3 August 2018]
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On 15 February 2018, Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli has been sworn in as new PM. The first two Ministers (Lal Basbu Pandit and Tham Maya Thapa) have been sworn in on the same day. Four other Ministers (Ishwar Pokharel, Yubaraj Khatiwada, Ram Bahadur Thapa and Matrika Prasad Yadav) have been nominated on 26 February. 11 other Ministers and 4 Ministers of State have been sworn in on 16 March 2018 bringing the number of ministries to 17. More ministries had not been planned. According to the constitution, the Council of Ministers must not have more than 25 members in total.
Finance Minister Yubaraj Khatiwadais an elected MP of the National Assembly.
The list below is still under construction. Missing data will be added soon. One can already say that the Council of Ministers is in no way inclusive, neither with respect to gender nor to ethnicity and region.
On 1 June 2018, Sangiya Samajbadi Forum - Nepal joined the government. Two Ministers from this party were included into the Council of Ministers. Gokul Prasad Banskota became upgraded as a full Minister. Ishwar Pokharel and Upendra Yadav were nominated as Deputy Prime Ministers, i.e. once again the nonsense of having two Deputy Prime Ministers. The constitution speaks of only one Deputy Prime Minister. Now, the Council of Ministers has 24 members, one less than allowed by the constitution.
The constitutional demand for a socially inclusive Council of Ministers (Article 76(9)) is in not respected, especially in regard to women and Dalits.
Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Sher Bahadur Tamang, had to resign from his post on 24 July 2018 after he had made degrading statements about female Nepalese medical students in Bangladesh.
On 3 August 2018, Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal, a close confidante of PM Oli, has been nominated as the new Minister of Law. State Minister for Health and Population Padma Kumari Aryal was promoted as the Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation. Surendra Yadav (Sangiya Samajbadi Forum - Nepal) has been nominated Minister of Health. Now, 14 of the 23 full-fledged ministers (61 per cent) are Tagadharis, 10 of them are Bahuns. Only 16 per cent of the members of the Council of Ministers are women; the constitution requires a share of at least 33 per cent. The secular and inclusive federal state is now farther away than ever! The Council of Ministers has now reached its constitutional limit of 25 members.
Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Prasad Adhikari, died in a helicopter crash on 27 February 2019.


Ministers Name Portfolio Affiliation / Comments Elected from
Ethnicity Born Sex
1 Khadka Prasad Sharma Oli
Prime Minister
Nepal Communist Party
??
Tagadhari (Bahun) 1952 M
2
Ishwar Pokharel
Deputy Prime Minister; Defense
Nepal Communist Party ?? Tagadhari (Bahun) 1954
M
3
Upendra Yadav
Deputy Prime Minister; Health and Population
Sangiya Samajbadi Forum - Nepal ??Madheshi (Hindu)??
M
4
Ram Bahadur Thapa Home Affairs
Nepal Communist Party ?? Tagadhari (Chhetri)
??
M
5
Pradip Kumar Gyawali
Foreign Affairs
Nepal Communist Party ??
Tagadhari (Bahun) 1962
M
6
Barsha Man Pun
Energy and Water Resources
Nepal Communist Party ?? Janajati (Magar)
??
M
7
Giriraj Mani Pokharel

Education
Nepal Communist Party ??
Tagadhari (Bahun) ??
M
8
Matrika Prasad Yadav
Industry, Commerce and Supplies Nepal Communist Party ?? Madheshi (Hindu) 1958 M
9
Raghu Bir Mahaseth
Physical Infrastructure Planning and Development Nepal Communist Party ?? Madheshi (Hindu) ?? M
10
Gokarna Bista
Labour and Employment Nepal Communist Party ?? Tagadhari (Chhetri) ?? M
11
Shakti Bahadur Basnet
Forestry Nepal Communist Party ?? Tagadhari (Chhetri) 1971 M
12Mohammad Ishtiyak Rai Urban Development Sangiya Samajbadi Forum - Nepal ?? Madheshi (Muslim) ?? M
13 Lal Babu Pandit Population and Environment Nepal Communist Party ?? Tagadhari (Bahun) ?? M
14
Tham Maya Thapa Women, Children and Social Welfare Development Nepal Communist Party ?? Tagadhari (Chhetri) ?? F
15
Yubaraj Khatiwada Finance economist, National Assembly ?? Tagadhari (Bahun) 1956 M
16 Jagat Bahadur Sunar (Bishwakarma)
Youth and Sports
Nepal Communist Party ??
Dalit (Pahad)
?? M
17
Rabindra Prasad Adhikari
(died on 27 February 2019 in helicopter crash)
Tourism and Civil Aviation Nepal Communist Party ?? Tagadhari (Bahun) 1969 M
18
Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal
Law Nepal Communist Party Morang-3 Janajati (Tamang) ?? M
19
Chakrapani Khanal Agriculture and Cooperatives Nepal Communist Party ?? Tagadhari (Bahun) ?? M
20
Bina Magar Drinking Water Nepal Communist Party ?? Janajati (Magar) ?? F
21
Gokul Prasad Banskota Information and Communication Nepal Communist Party ?? Tagadhari (Bahun) ?? M
22
Padma Kumari Aryal Land Management, Cooperatives
and Poverty Alleviation
Nepal Communist Party ?? Tagadhari (Bahun) ?? F
23
Surendra Yadav Health Sangiya Samajbadi Forum - Nepal ?? Madheshi (Hindu) ?? M

Ministers of State
Name Portfolio Affiliation / Comments Elected from
Ethnicity Born Sex
1
Dhan Bahadur Budha Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation
Nepal Communist Party ?? Janajati (Magar) ?? M
2
Ram Kumari Chaudhari  Agriculture and Cooperatives Nepal Communist Party ?? Janajati (Tharu) ?? F
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