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Small cabinet to be sworn-in in Nepal

(Xinhua)

14:17, August 29, 2011

KATHMANDU, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Nepali prime minister-elect Baburam Bhattarai has begun exercise to form small cabinet to be sworn-in at President Ram Baran Yadav's office in the capital Monday afternoon.

"A small team will be sworn in on Monday," Bhattarai has told reporters at his residence in Kathmandu.

Bhattarai held a meeting with his aides till late evening on Sunday to discuss distribution of the ministerial portfolios. According to sources, an agreement has been reached to give 11 ministries to the United Democratic Madhesi Front. The new cabinet is also likely to get four deputy prime ministers.

Bhattarai is the 35th Prime Minister of the country and the fourth after country was declared federal democratic republic in 2008. Bhattarai secured 340 votes out of 594 in the Constituent Assembly.

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