Nepal's former king hints at a comeback

KATHMANDU, Nepal, July 13 (UPI) -- Nepal's former king has hinted he would like to return to the throne -- for the third time.

Nepal's governing communists split

KATHMANDU, Nepal, June 19 (UPI) -- A hard-line faction of the governing Unified Communist Party of Nepal has split away, claiming the prime minister has destroyed the UPCN's achievements.

Former Nepalese PM cremated

KATHMANDU, Nepal, March 22 (UPI) -- Former Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, the Himalayan republic's senior statesman who died at age 87, was cremated Sunday.

Maoists pull out of Nepal negotiations

KATHMANDU, Nepal, June 21 (UPI) -- Nepalese Maoists have pulled out of negotiations to form a new government, accusing other parties of stalling in a bid to block its participation.

Nepal Maoist ministers quit interim govt.

KATHMANDU, Nepal, June 13 (UPI) -- Nepal's Maoist ministers, whose party won the most seats in recent polls, quit the interim regime in a bid to form their Maoist-led government.

Nepal: MJF set to cooperate with Maoists

KATHMANDU, Nepal, April 27 (UPI) -- Nepal's Madhesi Jana Adhikar Forum said it is prepared to cooperate with Maoists in creating a new government if they agree to give Madhesi concerns priority.

Nepal parties agree to curb violence

KATHMANDU, Nepal, April 2 (UPI) -- The main parties in Nepal's interim coalition signed an agreement to refrain from disruptive activities to ensure peaceful elections next week.

Nepal: 2 dead, 2 wounded in mosque bombing

BIRATNAGAR, Nepal, March 30 (UPI) -- Bombs aimed at a mosque in Biratnagar, Nepal, killed at least two people and injured two others, police said.

Nepal PM to retire after election

KATHMANDU, Nepal, March 12 (UPI) -- Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala says he will retire from politics after the April 10 constituent assembly elections.

Nepal interim gov't., Maoists reach deal

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Nepal's 240-year-old monarchy, now led by King Gyanendra, may become history under a deal the interim government has reached with dissenting Maoists.

Talks resume to end deadlock with Maoists

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Political parties in Nepal’s interim government met Thursday to resolve a dispute with Maoists over constituent assembly elections next month.

U.N. urges compromise in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The United Nations reportedly is seeking a compromise to settle Nepal’s current crisis brought on by Maoists quitting the interim government.

Maoists quit Nepal government

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Maoist ministers in Nepal’s interim government quit Tuesday to press their demand to abolish the monarchy ahead of the constituent assembly elections.

Nepal: Maoists threaten to quit government

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Nepal's Maoist leadership has vowed to quit the government and launch mass protests if Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala fails to meet its demands.

Plan to crown boy king of Nepal

KATMANDU, Nepal, June 24 (UPI) -- The United States and India are backing a plan to install a 5-year-old as the new king of the disgraced monarchy in Nepal, it was reported Sunday.
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Girija Prasad Koirala, commonly known as G. P. Koirala (Nepali: गिरिजा प्रसाद कोइराला, born 1925), is a Nepalese politician and the President of the Nepali Congress, a major political party. He has been Prime Minister of Nepal four times, serving from 1991 to 1994, 1998 to 1999, 2000 to 2001, and from 2006 to 2008; he was also Acting Head of State from January 2007 to July 2008. He has been active in politics for over sixty years and is a pioneer of the Nepalese labour movement, having started a labor movement in the Jute mills of his hometown Biratnagar. In 1991 he became the first democratically elected Prime Minister since 1959, when his brother B. P. Koirala and the Nepali Congress party swept the country's first democratic election.

In 1948 Koirala founded the Nepal Mazdoor Congress, later known as the Nepal Trade Union Congress. Later, in 1952 he became the President of the Morang district Nepali Congress and held that office until he was arrested and imprisoned by King Mahendra following the 1960 royal coup. Upon his release in 1967, Girija Prasad Koirala, along with other leaders and workers of the party, was exiled in India until his return to Nepal in 1979. Koirala was General Secretary of the Nepali Congress Party from 1975 to 1991. Koirala was actively involved in the 1990 Jana Andolan which led to the abrogation of the Panchayat rule and the introduction of a multi-party politics in the country.

In Nepal's first multi-party democratic election in 1991, Koirala was elected as a Member of Parliament from the Morang-1 and Sunsari-5 constituencies. The Nepali Congress won 110 of the 205 seats in the Pratinidhi Sabha, the lower house of parliament. He was subsequently elected as the leader of the Nepali Congress parliamentary party and was appointed as Prime Minister by King Birendra.

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