Nepal’s former prime minister Sushil Koirala passed away on Tuesday morning at his resident. He was 78. Koirala was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and has also been receiving treatment for “tongue cancer”.
His body will be taken to party’s central office at Sanepa, Kathmandu and kept there for last tributes from party cadres and others.
Koirala was elected Prime Minister of Nepal on February 10, 2014. He was elected from Banke and Chitwan constituencies in the second Constituent Assembly election of 2013, November 19.
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. Koirala was appointed President of the party in 2008 by President Girija Prasad Koirala.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted condoling Koirala’s death saying India has ‘lost a valued friend.’