Pushpa Kamal Dahal also known as ‘Prachanda,’ honoured a power-sharing agreement and resigned today as the 39th Prime Minister of Nepal. President of the Nepali Congress, Sher Bahadur Deuba will now take over as the Prime Minister of the Himalayan Nation in accordance with the power-sharing agreement. Dahal resigned from his post while addressing the nation from Singha Durbar in Kathmandu, this evening, according to the Indian Express. He announced his resignation on live TV. Here is a list of events that have led to Deuba taking over as the Prime Minister of Nepal:
1) Prachanda and Deuba had agreed to run the government on a rotational basis until elections to Parliament were held in February 2018, as per constitutional obligations. Dahal took over as the Prime Minister on August 3 last year.
2) As per the agreement between the two leaders, Prachanda was to remain in the Prime Minister’s office till local body elections were held at the local and provincial levels.
3) Nepal voted in its first local elections on May 14 for the first time after since 1997. The elections are supposed to be held after every 5 years. Elections could not be held due to the Maoist insurgency in the country.
4) Prachanda was supposed to address the parliament and resign yesterday but was unable to do so as the speaker adjourned the house after opposition members obstructed the meeting.
5) Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari is expected to ask the parliament to elect a new leader by consensus within a week. If a new leader is not elected in a week the majority in the house will elect a new Prime Minister.