Former Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala passes away

Kathmandu: Former Prime Minister of Nepal, Sushil Koirala passed away at his residence on early Tuesday morning.

He was 79-years old and was battling pneumonia.

According to reports, Mr Koirala, who was elected Prime Minister of Nepal on February 10, 2014, died at his residence in Maharajgunj in the outskirt of capital Kathmandu at 12.50am (local time).

He had returned from the US after undergoing a successful treatment for the lung cancer and is credited with promulgating the new constitution of Nepal in September last year.

Mr Koirala was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and he succumbed to the disease.

Meanwhile, the Nepali Cabinet met at 10am today to condole the demise of former PM Sushil Koirala.

His funeral will take place on Wednesday.

News24 Bureau