Kathmandu, April 18
President Bidya Devi Bhandari has reappointed Ram Bahadur Thapa as the home minister on Sunday.
He is scheduled to take the oath of office and secrecy at the President’s Office later this afternoon.
Appointed the home minister in the Oli cabinet in February 2018, he had lost the position as the party that he represented, CPN-Maoist Centre, removed him, which in effect also made him leave the National Assembly membership.
Thapa is one among several leaders who had joined the KP Sharma Oli-led CPN-UML by defecting the Maoist Centre after the new political context triggered by Oli dissolving the House of Representatives in December 2020.
Earlier, Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, Lekh Raj Bhatta, Prabhu Sah, and Gauri Shankar Chaudhary had been relieved of the House of Representatives membership due to the same reason. These four were also sitting ministers, and Prime Minister Oli had to reappoint them also.