Krishna Prasad Bhattarai (13 December 1924 – 4 March 2011) was a Nepalese political leader. He was one of the main leaders involved in transitioning Nepal from an absolute monarchy to a democratic multi-party system.
Bhattarai became Prime Minister of Nepal in April 1990 after a popular democratic movement referred as Jana-Andolan.
Bhattarai was twice the Prime Minister of Nepal, once heading the Interim Government from 19 April 1990 to 26 May 1991, and then as elected Prime Minister from 31 May 1999 to 22 March 2000.
Bhattarai was the officiating President of the Nepali Congress for nearly 26 years from February 12, 1976, and was elected to the post of president of party in 1992 till 1996. He actively participated in the democratic movement of Nepal from its inception. The Constitution of Nepal (1990) was promulgated while he was interim Prime Minister and he was credited for successfully holding the parliamentary election in 1990, a milestone in Nepalese political history.
His ancestor family is from politically influential district of Gorkha. It is the same district that later brought Ex-PM Baburam Bhattarai to the politics. His immediate family is from Gorkha. He does not have his own children but since he never married himself, he considers the six children of his brothers as his own.Also has numerous grandchildren. None of them have any noticeable presence in Nepalese politics at the moment.
Bhattarai died at Norvic International Hospital, Kathmandu on 4 March 2011. He was the last surviving founding leader of Nepali Congress (NC). The hospital reported that he died at 11:26 pm. Bhattarai had been in critical care unit at the Hospital for the last three weeks. He was suffering from chronic bronchitis, chronic renal failure and congestive heart failure and died after having recently said that he would live to be one hundred years old.