Nepal prime minister resigns ahead of no-confidence vote

KATHMANDU, Nepal, July 24 (UPI) — Nepal’s Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli resigned Sunday ahead of a no-confidence vote, accusing the Congress and Maoists of plotting a conspiracy against his government.

The resignation immerses that country in to political turmoil on the heels of last year’s Madhesi protests against Nepal’s new constitution, Times of India reported.

Oli said he is being punished for the “good work” he has done to improve relations between China and India. He only became prime minister in October 2015, becoming the head of that country’s eighth government in just 10 years.

Oli resigned after the Maoists pulled their suport from his coalitiion government, NDTV reported. He has been facing that no-confidence vote since. Madhesi People’s Rights Forum – Democratic and Rastrilya Prajatantra Party called for the no-confidence vote brought before the Nepali Congress and the CPN Maoist Centre.

The 64-year-old is accused of not honoring past commitments.

Oli, a Communist, said he is sad to see the government change just months after it began coming back from a severe earth quake that killed 9,000.

“The game for a change in the government at this time is mysterious,” Oli said. Under his government, he said, Nepal-India relations have normalized.

“The relations between Nepal and China and the relations between Nepal and India are unique which cannot be compared with one another,” Oli said. His efforts, he said, have reduced his country’s economic dependence on a single country.

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