Kathmandu: Founder of Nepali Congress and former Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai passed away after a cardiac arrest. He was 87.

The veteran leader played a key role in drafting the Constitution of Nepal in 1990 that guaranteed multi-party democracy.

He was admitted to a hospital three weeks ago and a team of doctors - led by India's noted cardiologist Dr Bharat Rawat - were involved in his treatment. Doctors decided to withdraw the life supporting system which was installed for supplying oxygen and waited for natural death.

"He died after a cardiac arrest," Executive Director and Consultant Cardiologist at the hospital Dr Rawat said.

Bhattarai, the last surviving founding leader of Nepali Congress, had spent 13 years in jail fighting to restore democracy in the country.
"He was witty, humorous, intelligent, always smiling and non-complaining person," remarked Dr Rawat, who has been treating him for the past 12 years.

Bhattarai was the Prime Minister of the Interim Government in Nepal after the successful People's Movement of 1990 which brought democracy to the country.