Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has resigned, clearing
the way for a new coalition government led by former communist rebels.
Koirala announced he was giving up the post Thursday in an
address to Nepal's constituent assembly. The prime minister urged
political parties to use consensus and unity in forming a new
Maoist leaders, who had been pressuring Mr. Koirala
to step down, welcomed his decision. Maoists have positioned their
leader, Prachanda, to become the new prime minister.
resignation was announced a day after Nepal's political parties reached
an agreement allowing lawmakers to vote on the country's future
leadership, including its first president.
Nepal has been in
political limbo since May, when lawmakers voted to abolish the
centuries-old monarchy and establish the country as a republic.
communist rebels won the most seats in April's election of a new
constituent assembly, but must form a coalition government with other
Mr. Koirala was prime minister of Nepal for two years. His Nepali Congress party was defeated by Maoists in the April election.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.