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Nepal PM Prachanda resigns after 9 months, honours power-sharing pact

Deal with alliance partner Nepal Congress was to run govt in rotation until next polls in Feb 2018

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

File Photo: Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda
File Photo: Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda

Nepal Prime Minister 'Prachanda' on Wednesday resigned after a brief stint of nine months, honouring a power sharing understanding reached between his party and the ruling partner

Prachanda, 62, announced his resignation while addressing the nation in a live telecast. It was his second stint as the Prime Minister.

He was elected as the 39th prime minister of Nepal after forging alliance with the on August 3, 2016.

Prachanda, the Chairman of CPN (Centre), had reached an understanding with President that he would step down as Prime Minister and hand over the leadership to him after nine months.

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

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

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 cementing democracy amid political turmoil.

Local-level elections could not be held after 1997 largely as a result of the decade-long insurgency that claimed more than 16,000 lives in Nepal.

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

First Published: Wed, May 24 2017. 17:05 IST