Former Nepal PM Sushil Koirala dies at 78

    Former Nepal PM Sushil Koirala dies at 78

    Feb 9, Kathmandu: Former Nepalese Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala died at the age of 79 due to Pneumonia. He died Tuesday morning at his residence in Maharajgunj, Kathmandu.

    His doctor, Karbir Nath Yogi, said that Koirala died due to complications from pneumonia and respiratory failure.

    Koirala was a key figure in adoption of Nepal's new constitution in September last year. After ethnic Madhesis later blocked border points with

    India and imposed a general strike in south Nepal to protest against the constitution, Koirala attempted to resolve the issue by negotiating with the protesters.

    He was elected Prime Minister of Nepal on February 10, 2014.

    He had returned from the U.S. after undergoing a successful treatment for the lung cancer and is credited with promulgating the new constitution of Nepal in September last year.

    Koirala was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and he succumbed to the disease, according to the media reports.

    His body will be taken to party’s central office at sanepa, Kathmandu and kept there for last tributes from party cadres and others, Singh said.

    Born in Banaras, India, Koirala entered politics in 1954 and was in political exile in India for 16 years following the royal takeover of 1960.

    He also spent three years in Indian prisons for his involvement in a plane hijacking in 1973.

    The Oslo Times


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