President appoints Bamdev Gautam as National Assembly member

File: Bamdev Gautam

Kathmandu, September 17

President Bidya Devi Bhandari has appointed ruling Nepal Communist Party’s vice-chairman Bamdev Gautam a member of the National Assembly.

Earlier, the government had recommended his appointment after being directed by the ruling Nepal Communist Party.

President Bhandari’s personal secretary Bhesh Raj Adhikari confirms his appointment, adding the President’s Office will soon inform the Parliament Secretariat about it.

A position in the 59-member Upper House of the Federal Parliament was vacant since the term of former finance minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada was over, in early March. Then also, the ruling party had told the government to nominate Gautam to the assembly, but Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had denied owing to an internal conflict in the party.

Just recently, Oli had agreed to nominate Gautam.

As per the constitution, three members of the 59-member house are nominated by the president upon a recommendation from the government. 

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