Former Nepal PM Sushil Koirala dies at 77


KATHMANDU: Nepal’s former Prime Minister Sushil Koirala died in Kathmandu aged 77 after a bout of pneumonia, his doctor told AFP Tuesday. Koirala, who was Nepal’s premier from February 2014 to October 2015, faced heavy criticism for his government’s sluggish response to a massive quake that devastated the Himalayan nation last April, killing nearly 9,000 people. He suffered from chronic bronchitis and was diagnosed with pneumonia last week his doctor, Kabirnath Yogi, said. Koirala headed the country’s biggest political party, the Nepali Congress, and was tasked as premier with writing a long-delayed new constitution to complete a stalled peace process and bring stability to the war-torn nation.



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