CPN lawmaker Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe, who resigned from the post of deputy speaker to pave way for Agni Sapkota to become the speaker, will be appointed law minister on Monday.
Prime Minister's press advisor Surya Thapa confirmed that Tumbahangphe will be appointed minister for law, justice and parliamentary affairs.
The President's Office said her swearing-in is scheduled for 3:30 Monday afternoon.
The ruling party had to ask Deputy Speaker Tumbahangphe, whose allegiance is now with CPN having won the last general election on a CPN-UML ticket, to resign to keep the post of speaker with the party as the Constitution prohibits appointment of speaker and deputy speaker from the same party.
She had initially refused to resign to make way for another person to become speaker. The secretariat meeting at the prime minister's residence in Baluwatar on January 11 had asked Tumbahangphe to resign but she had defied the party decision. She had also turned down the request by CPN Chairmen KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal to resign two days before that.
But she ultimately resigned and has now been rewarded by PM Oli for that.
Published Date: Monday, Falgun 5, 2076, 11:29:00