Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli Resigns

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Kathmandu: Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli resigned on Sunday ahead of a looming no-trust motion that he was set to lose.

He accused Nepali Congress and Maoists of hatching a conspiracy against his government by tabling the motion and said he is being punished for the “good work” he has done to improve relations with both India and China.

Mr Oli, who became prime minister 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.

Mr Oli is facing pressure to resign 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 CPN-Maoist Centre. They had accused Oli of not honouring his past commitments.

Oli, 64, was forced to quit after allies of his multi-party coalition deserted the government accusing him of not honoring power sharing deals that helped install him as prime minister in October.

“I have already submitted my resignation to the President when I met her before coming to the house,” said Oli in a speech in parliament just ahead of the scheduled no confidence vote.

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