Kathmandu: Nepal's Cabinet on Tuesday nominated senior Maoist leader Ram Karki, considered close to Premier Baburam Bhattarai, as the country's new Ambassador to India.

Karki, a Politburo member of the ruling UCPN-Maoist, will succeed Rukma Shumsher Rana after the Parliamentary Special Hearing Committee (PHSC) formally approves his name.

The Cabinet meeting, which was held at the Prime Minister's Office in Singha Durbar here, approved Karki's name along with two others for diplomatic postings in different countries.

Health professional Mahesh Kumar Maskey has been nominated as Ambassador to China while Joint Secretary Dhananjaya Jha's name has been proposed as envoy to the United
Arab Emirates.

Karki is currently in-charge of Maoist party's Limbuwan State Committee and regarded close to Prime Minister Bhattarai.

Karki's wife hails from Sikkim, where she is currently serving as a senior government official, according to Maoist party sources.