Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' resigned on 24 May 2017, barely nine months after coming to power. He announced his resignation during a television address to the nation. Prachanda belongs to the CPN (Maoist Centre) party of Nepal.
It was his second term as the Prime Minister. He was elected as the 39th prime minister of Nepal on 3 August 2016 after forging an alliance with the Nepali Congress.
His resignation is an outcome of the power-sharing pact that was signed in August 2016 between Prachanda and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba.
As per the pact, Prachanda will serve the term as PM for nine months and will thereafter resign to pave way for Deuba to become the next Prime Minister. The pact was to run the Nepal Government on a rotational basis until elections to the parliament are held in February 2018.
According to the agreement, Prachanda was to remain in office of PM till the local elections were held while polls at the provincial and central levels were to be conducted under Deuba as the Prime Minister.
Prachanda's resignation comes at a time when Nepal is about to witness second round of local elections, which will happen for the first time in more than two decades.
The local-level elections could not be held in Nepal after 1997 as a result of the decade-long Maoist insurgency that claimed more than 16000 lives in Nepal.
Generally, the local elections should be held in every five years.