The President of Bangladesh, Zillur Rahman is dead. He gave up on Wednesday, in a hospital in Singapore after a long period of illness. Rahman was elected President by the parliament in 2009 into a role that was largely ceremonial.The President’s death was confirmed by Bangladesh’s High Commissioner to Singapore, M. Mahbubuzzaman who said “the president died at a hospital here in Singapore at 6.47 pm local time.”
The deceased was until his death a strong member of the Awami League, Bangladesh’s ruling party. He was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment during his country’s war of liberation with Pakistan.
He died while being treated in Singapore for kidney and respiratory problems. He turned 84 eleven days ago and had a son, who is a lawmaker in Bangladesh and two daughters.