In the country of Nepal, home to its world renowned Patan Durbar and Kathmandu Durbar Squares and the home of the notorious kukri blade which proved fatal for Axis troops in World War II, Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal announced that he had officially handed in his resignation to Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav.
Former Prime Minister Khanal ironically resigned during a holiday period where the rich and the powerful are culturally mocked by the other classes in Nepalese society.
The current atmosphere in Nepal is tense as the country is still coping with the political and social effects of a civil war fought up until 5 years ago.
In the wake of the uneasy political stalemate in Nepal between the former Maoists and other parties along with this resignation of the prime minister, President Yadav stated that he will be calling for the parties to come together and form a “consensus government”.
Former Prime Minister Khanal expressed his regrets that he could not get much done during his term between Nepal’s political parties. During the elections, Khanal had promised to somehow achieve better peace between the former Maoists who rebelled up until 2006 and the cynical parties.
Moreover Khanal and other government officials had to deal with the rough (and still ongoing) transition from a monarchy into a democratic republic.
Analysts are favoring the outcome of a consensus government due to the lack of significant progress on the drafting of a more modern constitution and other processes in the government which is unreasonable to be done now as Nepal’s Constituent Assembly is due to dissolve within two weeks.
It is uncertain at this time on who will succeed Khanal in becoming the new Nepali Prime Minister.
(Cover Photo: Nepalese Government/Ministry of Defence)