KATHMANDU, July 24 (Xinhua)– Prime Minister K.P Sharma Oli has resigned from the post at a Parliament session on Sunday evening.
The 64-year-old premier announced his resignation at the House session ahead of the no-confidence motion against him filed by major parties Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist-Centre) was due to be put to a vote in the 601-member Parliament.
Addressing the House, Prime Minister Oli said that he maintained cordial relationship with neighboring China and India, keeping the national interest intact while in office.
Highlighting a number of major achievements made by his government in the past nine months, the prime minister said that his government was making sincere efforts to rebuild the earthquake-damaged infrastructures, provide relief to the earthquake-hit people and working to implement the new Constitution.
“I worked to promote country’s relationships with India and China based on national independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty. During my visit, a number of landmark deals were signed with China and India. The Transit Transport Agreement signed with northern neighbor China has ended Nepal’s dependence on a single nation for trade and commerce taking the nation into ‘land-linked’ from ‘land-locked,’ the prime minister said.
Mr. Oli also informed the House that he tendered his resignation to President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Sunday before going to the Parliament, who started his stint as the 38th prime minister of the country on Oct. 11 last year.
The Oli-led government was reduced to minority in the Parliament after major allies CPN (Maoist-Centre) Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Democratic (MJF-D) and Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) pulled their support recently.
The CPN (Maoist-Cetre) joined the government led by Prime Minister Oli last October; two weeks after the Himalayan country promulgated the much-awaited first federal democratic new constitution since the country became Republic in 2008.
However, some two weeks ago the CPN (Maoist-Centre) party decided to withdraw support to the coalition government accusing prime minister of failing to honor the past accords related to constitution implementation, peace process and rebuilding the country which was devastated by the earthquake last year in April.