Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda may resign today


Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda is probably going to resign today, paving the way for Nepali Congress chief Sher Bahadur Deuba to take over according to an understanding the two leaders had reached in August a year ago.

The prime minister is booked to address the country from his office in Singhadurbar today evening amid which he is expected to resign.

The prime minister was to address the parliament yesterday and report his resignation, but it was delayed 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 quantity of local units in Tarai districts.

As leaders from ruling and opposition parties couldn’t build up a consensus on continuing House meeting despite holding a few rounds of talks, the speaker postponed the parliament meeting.

According to an understanding reached between ruling parties – Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Center) – Prachanda should quit the top post, preparing for NC President to lead the coalition government.

The pact was to run the government on a rotational basis until elections to the parliament are held in February 2018.

Prachanda was to hold office till local polls are held and staying two elections – provincial and central – were to be conducted under Deuba.

A huge number of Nepalese on May 14 voted in the nation’s first local-level polls in two decades as the Himalayan country took a crucial step towards cementing democracy amid political turmoil.

Local-level elections couldn’t be held after 1997 largely as a result of the decade-long Maoist insurgency that asserted more than 16,000 lives in Nepal.

The elections should be held in every five years but because of the political instability, they were halted since May 1997.