Butwal, August 12
Kul Prasad KC of the CPN-Maoist Centre has been appointed the chief minister of the Lumbini province.
His predecessor Shankar Pokhrel had resigned yesterday. Following that, Governor Amik Sherchan had called parties to claim the chief minister’s position with an assurance of the support of majority lawmakers. Then, KC had submitted signatures of 42 lawmakers from the 80-member assembly.
KC worked as the internal affairs and law minister in the Pokhrel-government for over three years before the CPN-UML and the Maoist Centre split again and the Maoist Centre withdrew the support extended to the government. Following that, the Maoist Centre and the Nepali Congress had partnered to oust Pokhrel, which took months to get success.
As per a deal made with the Nepali Congress, KC will rule the province for the next eight months, after which the Congress will take over until the next provincial assembly elections.
KC is expected to form a small cabinet inducting leaders from the Maoist Centre, Nepali Congress, and the Samajbadi Party Nepal today itself.
He will also take the oath of office and secrecy today.