Nepali Congress President and former Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala who made a substantial contribution for the country’s democratic movements has breathed his last at his daughter’s residence in Mandikhatar at 12:10 pm Saturday.
The NC central advisory committee made the formal announcement of the death of the veteran Nepalese leader Koirala after consultations with doctors attending Koirala’s health.
A senior NC leader Sher Bahadur Deuba told reporters after attending an emergency meeting that the dead body of the freedom fighter Koirala will be kept at Dashrath Stadium from 8 am to 2 pm for final tributes by political leaders, party cadres and the general public. The funeral procession will then be taken to the Pashupati Aryaghat where Koirala’s corpse will be cremated with state honour, added Deuba.
Koirala’s dead body will remain at the residence of his daughter Sujata Koirala, who is also Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs minister, till 8 am Sunday morning.
Koirala’s last rites with state honor, Sunday declared a public holiday
The cabinet meeting held shortly after the death of senior-most state leader GP Koirala has decided to declare Sunday a public holiday and cremate the dead body with state honour. Likewise, the national flag will be lowered at half mast for the consecutive three days with condolence book open at Nepalese diplomatic missions and embassies throughout the world.
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