Nepal: Prachanda suffers food poisoning, hospitalized

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Kathmandu: Nepal''s former Prime Minister and Maoist supremo Prachanda on Tuesday admitted to a hospital in Kathmandu after being hit by food poisoning but his condition was stable.

Prachanda fell ill after taking food at the Maoist party office. He vomitted and was feeling weak after which he was rushed to the Janamaitri Hospital in Balaju area of Kathmandu, party sources said.

His condition is stable but he will have to stay at the hospital tonight, the sources said.

Following the illness of the 54-year-old leader, the ongoing Maoist Central Committee meeting has been put off.

Prachanda was supposed to furnish answers to the questions raised during the discussions at party headquarters in Peris Danda in the capital.

Prachanda, whose real name is Pushpa Kamal Dahal, led a decade-long Maoist insurgency in Nepal which claimed the lives of more than 13,000 people. However, the Maoists returned to political mainstream after signing a peace deal in 2006.

Prachanda took over as the first Prime Minister of a republic Nepal after his party emerged as the single largest in the April 2008 Constituent Assembly elections.

However, he quit from the post in May after a dispute with the President over the sacking of the army chief.


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