Sushil Koirala elected Nepali Congress president
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Sushil Koirala elected Nepali Congress president

Nepal's oldest political party, Nepali Congress, elected itself a new leader in the wee hours today.

world Updated: Sep 22, 2010 12:25 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times

Nepal’s oldest political party, Nepali Congress, elected itself a new leader in the wee hours of Wednesday.

Acting President Sushil Koirala, 71, who took charge after his uncle, Girija Prasad Koirala’s death in March will head the party for another four years.

Koirala secured 1652 of the over 3000 votes polled while his closest contender former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba got 1317 votes. The third candidate Bhim Bahadur Tamang got only 78 votes.

But hours after the election result was announced, Koirala complained of chest pain and had to be admitted to the TU Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu for treatment.

According to local media reports, Koirala is suffering from chest infection and pneumonia. Doctors say he will need to remain in hospital for four-five days.

Koirala is the sixth president of Nepali Congress, the second largest party in parliament after Maoists.

First Published: Sep 22, 2010 12:21 IST