Nepal's prime minister quits ahead of parliamentary vote
Nepal's prime minister has resigned before facing a confidence vote in parliament that he expected to lose.
Khadga Prasad Oli said in a speech on Sunday that the way he was forced to resign would have far-reaching implications for the country and lead to further political instability.
Mr Oli's six-month-old government lost its majority support after the Maoist party pulled out of the coalition this month, accusing the prime minister of failing to honour power-sharing agreements.
A change in government is nothing new in Nepal, with Mr Oli the eighth prime minister in the past 10 years.
Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is now expected to try to form a new coalition government.
Maoists are former communist rebels who fought government troops for 10 years until they joined a peace agreement.
Mr Oli said: "The opposition parties hatched a conspiracy for narrow interests and I am stunned by that."
"I have already submitted my resignation letter to the president and have informed the speaker about the resignation, paving the way for the election of a new prime minister," he said in the speech, which came an hour before the confidence vote was to be held.