Krishna Prasad Bhattarai

Krishna Prasad Bhattarai

Krishna Prasad Bhattarai

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Krishna Prasad Bhattarai (Nepali: कृष्ण प्रसाद भट्टराई) (13 December 1924 4 March 2011) was a Nepalese political leader. As a leader of the Nepali Congress Party, he made his position by transitioning Nepal from an absolute monarchy to a democratic multi-party system.

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.


In his youth, Bhattarai was a journalist. He was also one of the first foreign journalists to interview the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev.

First democratic movement of Nepal

Bhattarai had actively participated in a long struggle to modernize the Nepalese political system, aiming to transform a society that was isolated for centuries from the outside world.

He started politics to end the 104-year-rule of the Rana Dynasty. During the political movement of 1950 to overthrow the...
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