Nepal prime minister resigns

23 July 2001

KATHMANDU - Following allegations against him on a bribery case involving the purchase of Lauda Air aircraft, Nepal’s prime minister Koirala has resigned.

"I have decided to resign as prime minister, giving priority to solving the many challenges being faced by the nation,'' he said over State-run radio and television. Koirala, whose latest term lasted 15 months, has been prime minister for most of the 10 years Nepal has had a democratic government.

Koirala has been under a cloud following security lapses and an inability to handle attacks from maoist rebels, all of which are hindering visitor arrivals to Nepal.

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