Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Speaker Ranabhat Resigns

The Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Tara Nath Ranabhat resigned from his post today citing changing political scenario. Ranabhat tendered his resignation to the King in the run-up-to the first session of the reinstated House after four years.

However, he will remain as a member of the Lower House.

Politicians and professionals had demanded his resignation accusing him of supporting the royal takeover. Ranabhat had welcomed King Gyanendra’s address to the nation on Friday, calling political parties to purpose a name for the post of prime minister. The parties had flatly rejected the King’s offer and demanded the reinstatement of the House.

He resigned after meeting with top brass leaders of the seven-party alliance (SPA) this afternoon.He forwarded his resignation letter to the HoR through the deputy speaker this evening.His resignation comes two days before the first session of the reinstated HoR

Though the House was dissolved on May 22, 2002, Ranabhat had continued the job as Speaker.

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