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Girija passes away

Published on Mar 20 2010 // Main News
File photo: Koirala with Rizal and Nepalese PM Madhav Kumar Nepal/Vidhyapati Mishra

File photo: Koirala with Rizal and Nepalese PM Madhav Kumar Nepal/Vidhyapati Mishra

Kathmandu, March 20 : Former Nepali Prime Minister cum President of Nepali Congress Girija Prasad Koirala has passed away at 12: 11 noon today wrote Bhutan News Service quoting flash bulletin of  Nepal FM Network, Kathmandu.

One of the founding members of Bhutan State Congress formed inside Bhutan, 87-year-old Koirala played crucial role in hosting exiled Bhutanese in Nepal.

His government held several rounds of bilateral talks between Nepal and Bhutan on the Bhutanese issue.

Human Rights leader Tek Nath Rizal was wordless when Bhutan News Service contacted him for comment.

“We are without a leader now. We have lost our father,” he said.

According to the FM station, formal announcement of his death is yet to come from doctors or Congress sources.

Association of Press Freedom Activists (APFA) – Bhutan and Druk National Congress in their separate statements expressed sadness over Koirala’s death, who helped not only giving asylum to over 100,000 exiled citizens but also making all efforts for their dignified repatriation.

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