Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda announced his resignation. With this the eight-month old Maoist rule has ended. The Maoist party is the single largest in the Constituent Assembly. The Maoist leaders resignation comes in the wake of the controversy regarding the sacking of the chief of the army staff by his split cabinet yesterday. The cabinet meeting was boycotted by the alliance parter CPN UML who promptly took back its support to the government pushing it to the minority in the 600-seat constituent assembly. The cabinet decision was unilaterally taken by the Maoists. The decision was later declared unconstitutional by the President who reinstated the army chief. The Maoists have termed the Presidents action as constitutional coup.