Prime Minister Dahal resigns slamming Prez's move

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Monday announced resignation from his post in the wake of new political developments after President Ram Baran Yadav vetoed the government's decision to sack army chief Rookmangud Katawal.

Dahal made this announcement in his address to the nation at Singh Durbar this afternoon which came less than 24 hours after two coalition partners CPN (UML) and Sadbhawana Party pulled out of the government protesting the government decision.
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal addressing the nation from Singh Durbar prior to resigning from the post, Monday, May 04 09.

"I am ready to make any kind of sacrifices needed to protect the republican set up which is still in its infant stage, and for the sake of the country," he said in the address, adding that it is not appropriate to remain in the government when there clearly exist two ruling powers (executive and President) in the country.
Describing President Yadav's yesterday's move to override the government's decision to sack the Army chief as "unconstitutional", Dahal said it has dealt serious blow to democracy, peace process and the newly established republican order and asked him to rectify his decision.
Saying that a constitutional President has no right to block the decisions of an elected government, Dahal also accused him of acting under the provocation of parties.

Clearly referring to key coalition partner CPN-UML and Sadbhavana Party which pulled out of the government following the government's move, he said his government was unable to do the kind of work expected from it because of the tendency of some leaders of the political parties to go with the government's decision at first but immediately back away from it after coming under the pressure of the foreign power centers. He said the same thing happened in the Army chief episode.
He didn't say who were the foreign powers that have been influencing the decision of the parties, but claimed that "various power centers exercise their influence in Nepal."
"However, we won't tolerate interference in Nepal's internal affairs," he said.
Saying that his party was committed to democracy, human rights and press freedom, Dahal also stressed that political parties need to move ahead in consensus and cooperation among each others in the coming days. May 04 09

Full text of PM's speech