Nepali Congress President and former prime minister Sushil Koirala breathed his last in the wee hours of Tuesday, 9th Jan, 2016 morning, succumbing to Pneumonia, according to family sources. He was 77.
Koirala was elected Prime Minister of Nepal on February 10, 2014. A devoted member of the Nepali Congress party of which he is currently president, Koirala once spent three years in an Indian prison for his involvement in the hijacking of a plane.
Koirala entered politics in 1954 inspired by the social-democratic ideals of the NC. He was in political exile in India for 16 years following the royal takeover of 1960. While in exile, Koirala was the editor of Tarun, the official party publication. He has been a member of the Central Working Committee of the party since 1979 and was appointed General Secretary of the party in 1996 and Vice President in 1998.
The NC emerged as the largest party in the 2013 Constituent Assembly elections under Koirala's leadership. Former Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala died in early hours of Tuesday. He succumbed to Pneumonia at 12:50 am, Koirala ‘s private secretary Atul Koirala said.
Koirala was suffering Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and he succumbed to the condition.
Government of Nepal has decided to honour Koirala with state funeral.
An emergency Cabinet meeting on Tuesday wished for the peace of departed soul, recalling his role in democratic movement of the country. “Nepal government will always remember the contribution of Koirala in the promulgation of new constitution in Nepal’s constitution,” stated a press statement issued by PM’s office after the Cabinet meeting.
The government also announced a public holiday on Wednesday (February 10) and fly the national flags at half-mast in government offices across the country and Nepali missions abroad for three days (Feb 10- 12) to mourn Koirala’s demise.
Likewise, the government has decided not to organise any formal programmes for the next three days and condolence books will be opened for Koiral at Nepali embassies in foreign countries on Feb 12-13.