KATHMANDU: Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the Prime Minister of Nepal resigned on 24 May 2017 after a brief period of nine months into the power; it was his second stint as the Prime Minister.
Prachanda, 62, announced his resignation in a 28-minute live telecast honoring a power sharing understanding between his party and the ruling partner Nepali Congress. In his speech he listed the achievements of his nine months in the office which includes holding the first phase of local elections, ending Nepal’s chronic electricity shortage, and signing an agreement with China on its Belt and Road Initiative. He also highlighted the developments made by his coalition government in the areas of health, social, education, energy, reconstruction and economy among others.
Prachanda, the Chairman of CPN (Maoist Centre), had reached an understanding with Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba that he would step down as Prime Minister and hand over the leadership to him after nine months. The agreement 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 remaining two elections provincial and central were to be conducted under Deuba the new PM.
The opposition party CPN-UML had requested Pushpa Kamal Dahal to resign only after completion of second-phase of local level elections scheduled for June 14. Millions of Nepalese on May 14 voted in the country’s first local-level polls in two decades as the Himalayan nation took a crucial step towards democracy inspite political turmoil. The elections to be held in every five years were halted since May 1997 due to the political instability.
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ handed his resignation letter to President Bidhya Devi Bhandari. However, Dahal-led Cabinet will continue to work until the formation of a new Cabinet.
– Bandana Singh, Correspondent (Asia: South)