Two months after the successful conclusion of historic parliamentary polls, Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba on Thursday resigned, setting the stage for a Left-front alliance to form the next government in the Himalayan nation.
The final Cabinet Meeting of the incumbent government is now underway at the Prime Minister's official residence in Baluwatar. Deuba's resignation comes in the wake of the UML alleging that he was unnecessarily prolonging his stay in the government over ambiguous constitutional provisions.
The veteran Nepalese politician became Nepal's prime minister for the fourth time in May past year after the main opposition party made a decision to end the obstruction of parliament.
An alliance of two major communist parties is expected to take over power when the new parliament is seated.
He had also served as Minister of Home Affairs in 1994ï¿½??1995. The ruling Nepali Congress got only 63 seats. Deuba was sacked by the then King Gyanendra Shah in 2005 over failure to hold elections and bring Maoist rebels to a round table negotiation. The NC was behind the CPN-UML and the CPN (Maoist Centre), winning just 23 seats out of a total 165 seats under the first-past-the-post (FPTP) system.
The CPN (UML) was the largest party in the elections of December 2017. The CPN-UML picked party chairman Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli as the next premier, who now requires support from the Maoists to secure a majority.