Nepali Congress announces 13-day mourning for Koirala
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Last Updated: Monday, March 22, 2010, 20:14
Kathmandu: Thousands of mourners across Nepal on Monday paid tribute to five-time former prime minister and peace architect GP Koirala with the Nepali Congress party announcing a 13-day mourning.

"The party will not organise any formal programme during the 13 day mourning period," said Nepali Congress general secretary Bimalendra Nidhi.

The party's flag will fly at half mast for 13 days.

On April 1, a grand condolence meeting will be organised in the capital in memory of Koirala, Nidhi said.

Condolence books have been opened at district level for those wishing to express their condolence, he added.

The party plans to sprinkle the ashes of the departed leader in the country's rivers.

The former Premier had played a pivotal role in the 2006 peace process facilitating Nepal's transition to democracy and bringing Maoists to the mainstream politics.

Koirala was instrumental in the signing of the 12-point agreement between the then Maoist rebels and seven political parties in November 2005 in New Delhi, which was aimed at toppling monarchy and restoring democracy in the country.

After this, Maoists joined the mainstream politics in 2006, ending the decade-long armed conflict that left 16,000 people dead.

Born in 1925 in Bihar, Koirala became Prime Minister for the first time in 1991 after his Nepali Congress party secured majority in the 205-member House of Representatives.


First Published: Monday, March 22, 2010, 20:14

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