Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' steps down Wednesday May 24,2017
Pushpa Kamal Dahal stepped down as Prime Minister of Nepal on Wednesday May 24,2017
Prachanda announced his resignation during a televised address to the nation.
Nepali Congress chief Sher Bahadur Deuba is likely to take over as per an understanding the two leaders had reached in August 2016
As per an understanding reached between ruling parties -- Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Centre) -- Prachanda was supposed to quit the top post, paving the way for NC President to lead the coalition government.
The pact was to run the government on a rotational basis until elections to the Parliament are held in February 2018.
Prachanda was to hold office till local polls are held and remaining two elections – provincial and central - were to be conducted under Deuba.
Millions of Nepalese on May 14 voted in the country's first local-level polls in two decades as the Himalayan nation took a crucial step towards cementing democracy amid political turmoil.
Local-level elections could not be held after 1997 largely as a result of the decade-long Maoist insurgency that claimed more than 16,000 lives in Nepal.
The elections should be held in every five years but due to the political instability, they were halted since May 1997.