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Girija Prasad Koirala Dead

KATHMANDU, March 20: Nepali Congress President and former prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala passed away at his daughter’s home in Mandikhatar, Kathmandu at 12:10 p.m. on Saturday.

Minister for Irrigation Bal Krishna Khand confirmed the passing away the 86-year-old leader after a NC CWC meeting.

His body will be kept at the Dasharath Stadium, Tripureshwor between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, NC leader Sher Bahadur Deuba said. His body will be covered by the national flag.

Until then, the body will be kept at his daughter and Deputy Prime Minister Sujata Koirala´s residence at Mandikhatar where people can pay their last homage on Saturday.

The last rites would be performed on Sunday with state honors as he was the former head of states, an emergency meeting of the cabinet decided on Saturday afternoon.

The government also declared Sunday a public holiday and decided to keep the national flag at half mast for three days. Condolence books will be kept open in Nepali diplomatic missions and consulate throughout the world for two days.

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal reached Mandikhatar to pay last homage to Koirala, who was appointed Prime Minister four times and acting head of the state after monarch was abolished.

Last rites with state honor; Govt declare Sunday a public holiday; National flag at half mast for three days.