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KATHMANDU, June 6, 2017 (Xinhua) -- President of the Nepali Congress Sher Bahadur Deuba addresses before the election at the parliament in Kathmandu, Nepal, June 6, 2017. Sher Bahadur Deuba was elected as the 40th prime minister of Nepal on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma/IANS) (zf) by .
Nepal President Sher Bahadur Deuba (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma/IANS) (zf)

Sher Bahadur Deuba was sworn in as the 40th Prime Minister of Nepal, took again the post after 12 years, after taking┬áthe oaths of office and secrecy from┬áPresident Bidya Devi Bhandari. PM Deuba formed a small cabinet after taking the oath….reports Asian Lite News

KATHMANDU, June 6, 2017 (Xinhua) -- President of the Nepali Congress Sher Bahadur Deuba addresses before the election at the parliament in Kathmandu, Nepal, June 6, 2017. Sher Bahadur Deuba was elected as the 40th prime minister of Nepal on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma/IANS) (zf) by .
Nepal President Sher Bahadur Deuba (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma/IANS) (zf)

After taking the oaths, Deuba — who is also Nepali Congress President — administered oaths to seven new ministers — three from the Nepali Congress (NC), three from CPN (Maoist Centre) and one from the Nepal Loktantrik Forum.

Deuba returned to power for the fourth time on Tuesday — 12 years after he was removed by then King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev — with 388 votes in his favour out of 593 voters in Parliament.

As many as 558 lawmakers cast votes during the prime ministerial election, with Deuba being the lone candidate.

Gopal Man Shrestha, from the Nepali Congress, was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education. Gyanendra Bahadur Karki and Farmullah Mansoor, also from NC, were appointed Minister for Finance and Minister for Labour and Employment, respectively.

Krishna Bahadur Mahara of CPN (Maoist Centre) was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs.

KATHMANDU, Aug. 3, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Nepal's newly elected Prime Minister Puspa Kamal Dahal (C) waves after winning the election in Kathmandu, Nepal, Aug. 3, 2016. CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda, is elected as the 39th Prime Minister of Nepal on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Pratap Thapa/IANS) by .
Nepal’s former Prime Minister Puspa Kamal Dahal (C) (Xinhua/Pratap Thapa/IANS)

Similarly, CPN (MC) leader Janardan Sharma was appointed Minister for Home Affairs and Prabhu Sah of the same party was appointed as minister without portfolio.

Likewise, Nepal Loktantrik Forum Chairman Bijay Kumar Gachhadar was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development.

Outgoing Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda’s CPN (Maoist Centre), the Rastriya Prajatantra Party, Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N), Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal, Nepal Loktantrik Forum and CPN (Samyukta), besides other fringe parties, voted for Deuba.

The RJP-N, with 25 seats in Parliament, voted for Deuba after reaching a three-point deal under which the new NC-Maoist Centre government has to address the agitating party’s demand for amending the less-than-two-year-old Constitution.