Koirala’s final rites to be held on Wednesday with state honours

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Kathmandu, Feb 9 (ANI): Former Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala will be cremated on Wednesday and will be honoured with a state funeral and public holiday.

A cabinet meeting held this morning made the decision, the Kathmandu Post reports.

The Government of Nepal expressed shock over the untimely demise of the former prime minister and offered its heartfelt condolences on his death.

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 Prime Minister’s office after the Cabinet meeting.

The government also decided not to organise any formal programmes for the next three days and condolence books will be opened for Koiral at Nepalelse embassies in foreign countries on February 12 and 13.

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Koirala was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Born on August 12, 1939 in Banaras, Koirala was the cousin of former prime ministers Matrika Prasad Koirala, Girija Prasad Koirala and Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala.

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

He entered politics in 1954 and was in political exile in India for 16 years following the royal takeover of 1960.

He joined the Nepali Congress in 1952 and served in various capacities prior to becoming its president in 2010. (ANI)

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