Abrupt resignation puts Nepal on edge

The Associated PressMay 5, 2009 

— Nepal's prime minister, a former guerrilla leader, resigned Monday after a power struggle with the president while his party vowed to launch mass protests and shut down parliament.

The resignation threw the impoverished Himalayan nation into turmoil as political leaders scrambled to adjust and security officials prepared for large demonstrations.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal made the announcement on television Monday afternoon, one day after his attempt to fire the army chief was blocked by President Ram Baran Yadav.

In his resignation speech, Dahal accused Yadav of "a fatal attack on the infant democracy."

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