Nepal’s former prime minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, who led a popular movement to restore multi-party democracy in 1990, has died at 87.
His doctor, Bharat Rawat, said he died in the capital Katmandu, following multiple organ failure. He had suffered mainly from kidney problems.
Mr Bhattarai was admitted to Norvic hospital in Katmandu last month with health complaints.
He was appointed prime minister of the Himalayan nation twice – first in 1990 and again in 1999.
After multi-party democracy was restored in 1990, Mr Bhattarai was appointed prime minister of an interim government comprising representatives from his Nepali Congress party and several communist parties.
During his nine months in power, he conducted Nepal’s first free elections in 30 years and enforced a new constitution that guaranteed democratic rights in the country.
In 1999, he again became prime minister after the Nepali Congress party won elections. However, feuds in the faction-ridden party forced him to step down after nine months in power.
His strict anti-corruption drive gave him the image of a clean politician and his anti-nepotism stand also helped him gain popularity among the public.
Mr Bhattarai spent nearly 14 years in prison for opposing the autocratic system imposed in the country in 1960.
The government has declared a period of national mourning. Mr Bhattarai’s body will be cremated in Katmandu.