Interim Prime Minister K.P. Bhat-tarai resigned Tuesday after failing to win a parliamentary seat, as partial election results indicated neither his party nor its communist rival were likely to win an outright majority.

Sunday's elections were the first democratic polls in 32 years in the impoverished Himalayan kingdom, wedged between regional superpowers India and China. The elections were the result of violent protests last year against the royal-dominated partyless system of government.