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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Maoist Rebels Joins Nepalese Cabinet

KATMANDU, Nepal -- Nepal's communist rebels joined an interim government on Sunday as part of a landmark peace deal that ended their decade-long insurgency, pledging to hold credible elections.

Five former Maoists were appointed ministers, while a sixth was given a junior minister portfolio in the new government to be headed by Girija Prasad Koirala. The swearing-in ceremony was broadcast live on national television.

The former insurgents were sworn in along with 16 other ministers and junior ministers by an visibly enthusiastic Koirala, 84, whom parliament re-elected as prime minister earlier Sunday for the sixth time.

"This is the beginning of a new chapter in Nepal's history. I urge all to leave behind all minor differences and move forward together to get to our goals," Koirala said.

"The government will be fully devoted to establishing peace and security in the country," he said.