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  Nepal's Maoist Prime Minister Prachanda Resigns
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Last EditedAshley  May 04, 2009 09:35am
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News DateMonday, May 4, 2009 07:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionNepal's Maoist prime minister has resigned, following a confrontation with the president over a controversial decision to fire the army chief. The resignation plunges the country into political uncertainty and is a setback to a peace deal that brought the Maoists into the political mainstream.

Prime Minister Prachanda announced his resignation in a nationwide address hours after President Ram Baran Yadav overturned an order by his Maoist-led government sacking the army chief.

The Maoists had accused the army chief of defying government orders not to hire new recruits, and reinstating eight generals the Defense Ministry had dismissed.
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