Ex-Nepal PM Bhattarai’ last rites to be held on Sunday

March 5th, 2011 - 8:10 pm ICT by ANI  

Kathmandu, Mar 5(ANI): The last rites of former Nepal Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, who breathed his last in Kathmandu on Friday, will be performed with state honours on Sunday.

The Nepal government has announced a three-day state mourning by flying the national flags at half-mast, and keeping condolence books at Nepal’s diplomatic missions abroad.

All the government offices and schools in Nepal would remain closed tomorrow.

The public can pay their last homage to the veteran leader at the Nepali Congress Party Office in Sanepa from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Dasharath Stadium, Tripureshwor from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, the Himalayan Times reports.

The funeral procession will begin after 2 p.m.

Widely seen as a maverick leader of the Nepali Congress Party, he made his position by transitioning Nepal from an absolute monarchy to a democratic multi-party system.

Bhattarai was twice the Prime Minister of Nepal, once heading the interim government from April 19, 1990, to May 26, 1991, and then as elected Prime Minister from May 31, 1999, to March 22, 2000.

Bhattarai was the officiating President of the Nepali Congress for nearly 26 years from February 12, 1976, and finally elected to the post of president of party in 1992 till 1996.

He was actively participated in democratic movements of Nepal from its inception. (ANI)

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