The Latest: Nepal's parliamentary speaker resigns

The speaker of Nepal's parliament, one of the country's leading Communist Party leaders, has resigned following allegations that he raped a government worker at her home while he was intoxicated

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Krishna Bahadur Mahara's office has denied the accusation, saying it is a politically motivated attempt at character assassination.

In the letter of resignation Tuesday, Mahara said he wants to make it easier for an independent and unbiased investigation of the allegation.

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The speaker of Nepal's parliament, one of the country's leading Communist Party leaders, is facing allegations that he raped a government worker at her home while he was intoxicated.

Krishna Bahadur Mahara's office has denied the allegation, saying it's a politically motivated character assassination attempt.

Police refused to comment, but news reports said the woman claimed Mahara entered her house Sunday night while her husband was away and assaulted her.

A statement issued by Mahara's office said the allegation was baseless and that he was at his official residence on Sunday evening.