President appoints Shakya ambassador to Israel

Kathmandu, December 31

President Bidya Devi Bhandari has appointed Anajan Shakya as the new Nepali ambassador to Israel.

Shakya’s nomination to the post was recently approved by the Parliamentary Special Hearing Committee even as questions were raised about her qualifications for the job.

Recalling incumbent Niranjan Thapa from its Tel Aviv mission, the government had nominated former journalist Anjan Shakya to take over the position. The decision sparked controversy as Shakya is known as a relative of Prime Minister Oli than a former journalist or a foreign affairs expert.

She was appointed to the post as per Article 282 (1) of the Constitution.