KATHMANDU: Girija Prasad Koirala, Nepal's freedom fighter and political hero, who played a major role in ending the Maoists' decade-long People's War and restoring peace in the country, died here on Saturday, aged 86.
The Nepali Congress president, who served as Prime Minister four times and as head of state once, had been suffering from chronic asthma and Common Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
His health deteriorated recently. He had been unconscious since morning and breathed his last at the house of his only child, daughter Sujata Koirala. Thousands of party cadres, leaders of different parties, and diplomats paid their last respects. The funeral will take place on Sunday.
To build a consensus among the political parties for completing the task of peace process, Koirala recently formed a high-level body consisting of top leaders of the major political parties.
Koirala, popularly known as Girija babu, was considered a ‘national guardian.'
Corrections and Clarifications
( It's Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and not Common Obstructive Pulmonary Disease as mentioned in the first paragraph of a report "G.P. Koirala passes away" (March 21, 2010, page 1).)