PM Deuba announces resignation

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, center, with his party colleagues announces his resignation in Kathmandu, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Deuba whose party lost parliamentary elections resigns paving way for a new government to take over power. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)


Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has resigned after addressing the nation from the PM’s official residence at Baluwatar at 11 Thursday morning.

Deuba addressed the nation after chairing the final Cabinet meeting of his term and highlighted the achievements of his government including holding three tiers of elections for implementation of the constitution.

Deuba was elected PM for the fourth time on June 6, 2017. The Deuba government conducted the local elections in Province 2 ensuring participation of all Madhes-based parties, and the elections for HoR, provincial assemblies and National Assembly.

Deuba claimed that the political transition would not have ended without him exercising patience. “Transition period would not have ended if I had not showed patience. More problems in the country would have been invited instead,” he stated. “I wanted that people of tarai, hills and mountains owned the constitution like that in Kathmandu.”

CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli will succeed Deuba as PM Thursday itself.

Leaders of left alliance reached the President’s Office just before Deuba’s address to the nation claiming Oli has support of the majority of House of Representatives (HoR) members.  UML and Maoist Center together have 174 seats in the 275-strong HoR.

 

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