Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman Dies in Singapore Hospital

The ailing Bangladesh President, Zillur Rahman, who was undergoing treatment at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore died on Wednesday at 4:47 pm, said an official statement.

The 84-year-old political leader was made president of Bangladesh in 2009 following the victory of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Bangladesh Awami League party. He was diagnosed with respiratory problems recently and admitted to a military hospital in Dhaka. On March 10, he was flown to Singapore hospital, where he breathed his last on Wednesday.

Rahman was the 19th President of Bangladesh. He began his political career as an Awami League member and became an MP in 1970 national elections of Pakistan.

When the Bangladesh Liberation War began, he was active in the Government-in-exile. After the war, Rahman became the General Secretary of Awami League in 1972. He was elected as an MP again in the 1973 general elections.

After the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Rahman was arrested by the army junta, which jailed him for four years.

When Sheikh Hasina returned to head the government, he became a minister in the Awami League government. His elevation to the highest office in the country was a foregone conclusion in 2009.

Born on March 9, 1929, Zillur Rahman graduated with an M.A. in History and LL.B. degree from the Dhaka University in 1954. He was survived by his wife Ivy Rahman, son Nazmul Hassan Papon and two daughters.

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