Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ resigned on Wednesday while addressing the nation live on TV, according to reports by news agency PTI. Another report by ANI said that Nepal PM is on his way to submit the resignation to President Bidhya Devi Bhandari. There was speculation earlier in the day that Prachanda may resign today paving the way for Nepali Congress chief Sher Bahadur Deuba to take over as per an understanding the two leaders had reached in August last year, as reported by PTI.
He was scheduled to address the parliament yesterday and announce his resignation, but it was postponed as the speaker adjourned the House after the main opposition CPN-UML’s lawmakers obstructed the House meeting, protesting against the government’s decision to increase the number of local units in Tarai districts. Since there were frequent halts and the opposition leaders could not resume House meetings despite holding several rounds of talks, the speaker postponed the parliament meeting, the agency report added.
The report further added that an agreement was reached between ruling parties Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Centre) and Prachanda was supposed to quit the top post, paving the way for NC President to lead the coalition government. According to the report, the understanding between two parties was made to run the government on a rotational basis until elections to the parliament are held in February 2018.
Earlier, Nepal took a massive step towards democracy amidst political instability in the country when the nation voted for the first time in local-level polls in two decades on May 14. Local-level elections could not be held in the country post-1997 because of the decade-long Maoist insurgency that claimed more than 16,000 lives in Nepal.