Ailing Koirala moved to daughter`s house: Report
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 14, 2010, 18:27
Kathmandu: Nepal's former Prime Minister GP Koirala, who has been ill for a week, was shifted to his daughter's residence after his health has deteriorated, according to a media report.

87-year-old president of the Nepali Congress party, a major partner in the ruling 22-party coalition, is suffering from lung infection and his health has been fluctuating.

"His health has been deteriorating and he has become weak," Nepali Congress leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula was quoted as saying by the Himalayan Times online.

He needed help to climb down the stairs from his second floor room. He looked feeble and had to rest for around 10 minutes before he was taken to his vehicle, Sitaula said.

His only daughter Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala, who is also a Deputy Prime Minister, returned to the capital yesterday from a trip to Europe.

The Nepali Congress supremo had been living in a rented house in Maharajgunj for the past 18 months after he quit the prime minister's post in 2008.

Acting president of Nepali Congress Sushil Koirala said he met his top leader but did not talk.

Sitaula, who visits the former premier regularly, said Koirala was concerned over the stalled 2006 peace process.

Koirala is the chief architect of the landmark peace process that opened the way for the end of the Maoists-led decade-long insurgency in the country.

The Maoists joined mainstream politics after a 2006 peace deal with the interim government led by Koirala. Nepal's political leaders are struggling to meet a May 28 deadline to finish the drafting of a new constitution as stipulated by the peace process.

Political tensions have been high in Nepal since a government led by the Maoists resigned earlier last year amid a dispute with President Ram Baran Yadav over the reinstatement of former army chief Rukmangad Katawal, who was dismissed by the Prachanda-led government last May.

The Maoists have demanded that the president publicly admit that he acted "unconstitutionally" when he reversed the decision by the Prachanda-led government to fire the army chief. They then want the government disbanded, followed by the formation of a new coalition government led by them.


First Published: Sunday, March 14, 2010, 18:27

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