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Sushil Koirala, former Nepal Prime Minister, dies at 79

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Nepal’s former Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, who was credited with promulgating the country’s new Constitution in September last year to complete a stalled peace process, died here early today after a bout of pneumonia.

79-year-old Koirala, who was Nepal’s Prime Minister from February 2014 to October 2015, died at his residence in Maharajgunj in the outskirt of capital Kathmandu at 12.50 am (local time), Nepali Congress general secretary Prakash Man Singh told PTI.

Koirala, the president of the country’s biggest political party, the Nepali Congress, was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Koirala’s doctor Kabirnath Yogi said Koirala died after he developed pneumonia in bronchitis’ infection due to change in the weather.

“Everything was normal till Monday evening, the amount of oxygen being administrated to him was increased,” Yogi said,

“He had a normal meal yesterday evening. All of a sudden, Koirala’s health deteriorated and he breathed his last at 12:50 am.”

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