Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda resigns as Nepal PM; Sher Bahadur Deuba likely to succeed him

Kathmandu: Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' on Wednesday announced his resignation during a televised address.

The move paves the way for Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba to become the next prime minister, as part of an agreement.

During the address, he highlighted the achievements of his government during the past 10 months.

With the resignation, the government is relegated to a caretaker one, and will remain in office until next government is formed.

File photo of Nepal PM Prachanda. AFP

File photo of Nepal PM Prachanda. AFP

The resignation is to honour an accord signed in August 2016 when Prachanda was elected the prime minister with Deuba's support.

Both 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.

According to the agreement, Prachanda was to remain in office till the local elections were held while polls at the provincial and central levels were to be conducted under Deuba as the prime minister.

Prachada was scheduled to address the Parliament before putting in his papers but due to obstruction of the House by main opposition, CPN-UML, he could not step down on Tuesday.

Updated Date: May 24, 2017 17:07 PM

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