Prime Minister resigns
Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal resigned on Sunday evening in accordance with his previous statements. He had said that if he couldn’t make headway on moving forward the five point peace agreement then he would resign on 13th August.
With the term of the current Constituent Assembly due to run out on 31st August and no progress being made on a draft constitution, Nepal finds itself, once more, in a political impasses.
Mr Khanal’s Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist) (CPN-UML) is the third largest in the current parliament with 108 of 601 seats.
The Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN(M)) have said that they will now try to form a government with their 229 members. The Nepali Congress (NC) with 115 seats, the second largest party, have also claimed leadership of the next government.
President Ram Baran Yadav is expected to call on the political parties to form a consensus based government today.