- Title: Nepal PM refuses to resign amid ruling party split
- Date: 11th July 2020
- Summary: KATHMANDU, NEPAL (FILE - FEBRUARY 15, 2018) (REUTERS) PEOPLE OUTSIDE NEPAL'S GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT BUILDING
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- Keywords: India K.P. Sharma Oli Nepal Prime Minister politics
- Location: KATHMANDU, NEPAL
- City: KATHMANDU, NEPAL
- Country: Nepal
- Topics: Government/Politics
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- Story Text: Nepal's Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli ruled out his resignation on Friday (July 10) as tensions within the country's ruling party deepen.
In a televised address on Friday, Oli said that he would "stand firm" in order to increase unity and territorial integrity despite growing demands for his resignation by a rival faction within the ruling Nepal Communist Party.
Tensions have risen after a series of meetings between Oli and the party's executive chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda, failed to reach an amicable solution.
Oli, a moderate Communist, led a coalition with former Maoist rebels to a shock victory in national elections in 2017. The former Maoists have since merged with Oli's group.
In what was seen as a large concession to former Maoists, Oli agreed to allow former rebel chief Prachanda to assume position as executive chairman of the Nepal Communist Party.
Prachanda has been pressing Oli to let him take over as prime minister before his term expired in 2022 under a power sharing deal between the two leaders.
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