Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli resigns
July 24, Kathmandu: Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli has resigned from his post just minutes before facing a no confidence vote he was expected to lose.
Oli, 64, was forced to quit on Saturday after allies of his multi-party coalition deserted the government, accusing him of not honouring power sharing deals that helped install him as prime minister nine months ago.
"I have already submitted my resignation to the President when I met her before coming to the house," the Reuters quoted him as saying in a speech before parliament.
Born in eastern Nepal on February 22, 1952, Oli became influenced by local communist leaders as a teenager and became a member of the Nepal Communist Party in 1970. He spent 14 years in jail during the royal regime's crackdown on communists, but has veered to the right in the last two decades.
Oli swept to power in October 2015, but had faced fierce criticism over his handling of protests in the impoverished quake-hit nation.
More than 50 people died in clashes between police and protesters in December, who rallied against a constitution they said left them politically marginalised, media reports said.
The new constitution, the first drawn up by elected representatives, was meant to cement peace and bolster Nepal's transformation to a democratic republic after decades of political instability, but ongoing discussions between the government and protesters over the charter have failed to yield agreement, Al Jazeera reported.
A change in government is nothing new in Nepal, with Oli the eighth prime minister in the past 10 years.
Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is now expected to try to form a new coalition government.
The Oslo Times International News Network