Source: Agencies25 Jul 2016 10:19:51
Kathmandu, July 25: After spending 287 days in the government office, Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Sunday resigned post the no-confidence motion against him in the Parliament. Oli, who became PM last October heading Nepal's eighth government in the past 10 years, has been facing a no-trust motion after the Maoists withdrew support from the coalition government. After responding to the no-confidence motion, Prime Minister Oli told the House he already tendered resignation to the President.
“Madam Speaker, I have met the Honourable President before coming to this respectful House. After the budgetary bills were rejected from the Legislature-Parliament, I have understood the majority of members of the Legislature-Parliament that elected me as the Prime Minister do not have support to me, whatever be the reason”, he said in the Parliament.
“I have already said – the post of Prime Minister is not my only target and destination. Thus, at the changed scenario, I would like to inform that I have already tendered my resignation to the President with a decision to pave the way for this House to elect a new Prime minister.” He further said.
Earlier Prime Minister Oli said the no-confidence motion was a normal and natural process. “But I would not like to comment, now, how normal or natural this no-confidence motion is given its timing, condition and nature,” he added. While defending himself, he criticised the role of CPN Maoist Centre, its chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and the main opposition Nepali Congress.
Oli tendered his resignation after two key ruling alliance partners -- Madhesi People's Rights Forum-Democratic and Rastriya Prajatantra Party -- decided to support the no-confidence motion tabled against him by the Nepali Congress (NC) and the led by Prachanda.
They jointly brought in the no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister with a commitment to pull down the Oli-led government and form a new government in Dahal’s leadership. As per their agreement, Dahal would resign after some months and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba would take over the reins.
They had accused Oli of not honouring his past commitments. Maoist chief Prachanda, who is the favourite to replace Oli, on Friday had accused the Prime Minister of being ego-centric and self-centered and said, "This made us unable to continue to work with him." The Nepali Congress and Maoist party combinedly have 288 lawmakers in the Parliaments, which currently has 596 members. The Nepali Congress-Maoist alliance needed support from other 10 lawmakers to make it a majority and ensure Oli’s deposition.
The Parliament had elected CPN-UML Chairman Oli as the country’s top executive on October 11, 2015 as per the Constitution, which was promulgated on September 20. He had assumed his office the following day. Meanwhile, President Bidya Devi Bhandari today accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Oli and asked him to work as caretaker until the new government is formed, according to a notice issued by the President's office.