Former Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala died

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Who: Former Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala
Where: Kathmandu, Nepal
What: Died
When: 9 February 2016

Nepal’s former Prime Minister Sushil Koirala passed away on 9 February 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal due to chronic respiratory problem. He was 76.

Koirala was a key figure in adoption of Nepal’s new constitution in September 2015 with overwhelming support in the Constitution Assembly.

About Sushil Koirala

Sushil Koirala was born on 12 August 1939 in Banaras, India.

He entered politics in 1954 inspired by the social-democratic ideals of the Nepali Congress.

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

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

He had been a member of the Central Working Committee of Nepali Congress since 1979 and was appointed General Secretary of the party in 1996 and Vice President in 1998.

On 22 September 2010, the 12th general convention of the Nepali Congress elected him as party President.

The Nepali Congress emerged as the largest party in the 2013 Constituent Assembly elections under Koirala’s leadership.

He was elected as Prime Minister of Nepal by the parliament on 10 February 2014. He served as the Prime Minister of Nepal from 11 February 2014 to 10 October 2015.

In June 2015, a historic agreement among four major political parties was made, which paved the way for new constitution drafting process in the country.