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Province 1 CM Bhim Acharya resigns before the vote of confidence

Bhim Acharya
File: Bhim Acharya

Kathmandu, November 1

Province 1 Chief Minister Bhim Acharya has announced his resignation on Monday before he was scheduled to seek the vote of confidence in the Provincial Assembly.

As her government had already been pushed into the minority, CPN-UML’s Acharya was certain to lose the vote and hence the chief ministerial position. Acharya was appointed the chief minister as the leader of the party commanding a majority in the assembly on August 26.

Therefore, Acharya announced his resignation during the assembly meeting this afternoon.

Now, the opposition parties can claim the chief minister’s position and form the new government, by showing evidence they can garner majority votes in the assembly.

The opposition alliance consisting of parties represented in the federal government have already decided to nominate Rajendra Rai of the CPN-Unified Socialist as the next chief minister.

Acharya was required to prove the legislative body’s confidence in him to continue his government as the party he represented, CPN-UML, split with the formation of the CPN-Unified Socialist.

With Acharya’s resignation, the CPN-UML, the largest party in the country as per the 2017 elections, has lost its control over all provincial governments.

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