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  Girija Prasad Koirala, Patriarch of Nepal's Politics [and ex-PM], Dead
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News DateSunday, March 21, 2010 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionNepal's five-time Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, a close friend of India and architect of the landmark peace deal with Maoists that ended a bloody decade-long insurgency, died here today of multiple organ failure at the age of 85.

Koirala died at 12.10 pm local time at his daughter and Deputy Premier Sujata Koirala's residence in Mandikhatar on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepali Congress Vice President Gopal Man Shrestha said.

The veteran leader, who was the President of Nepali Congress which is a key constituent of the ruling CPN-UML-led coalition, was considered close to the Indian leadership across the political spectrum.

He was suffering from lung infection, respiratory problem, diarrhoea and had a low hemoglobin level. He had been staying at his daughter's residence after he was discharged from Martyr Ganga Lal Heart Centre here following some improvement in his condition on Wednesday.
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