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Nepal PM Prachanda resigns after brief stint of 9 months

 Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' today resigned after a brief stint of nine months, honouring a power sharing understanding with the ruling coalition partner Nepali Congress to hand over the country's leadership to the largest party in Parliament.

His resignation has cleared way for his former political rival and Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba, who is expected to take over as the prime minister.

Prachanda announced his resignation while addressing the nation in a live telecast from his office at Singha Durbar here. He said that he would go to the President's Office to submit his resignation today itself.

"I announce my resignation from the post of the prime minister today," the 62-year-old Maoist leader said as he highlighted the achievements made by his government.

 The prime minister said that he has followed a balanced foreign policy and succeeded in normalising relations with the neighbours as well as building confidence.

It was Prachanda's second stint as the Prime Minister. He was elected as the 39th prime minister of Nepal after forging alliance with the Nepali Congress on August 3, 2016. He is the only communist leader to become the Prime Minister of the country twice. During his first tenure as the prime minister from 2008 to 2009, Prachanda was not on good terms with India.


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