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Bangladesh's figurehead president dies at 84

 FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2011 file photo, German President Christian Wulff, right, is received by Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman upon his arrival ...
 FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2011 file photo, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, right, poses for photographs after receiving honorary doctorate from Ban...
 FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2009 file photo, Bangladesh's President Zillur Rahman gives an honorary doctorate of Law to visiting Turkish President Abdull...

Bangladesh Obit President

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2011 file photo, German President Christian Wulff, right, is received by Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman upon his arrival ...

Bangladesh Obit President

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2011 file photo, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, right, poses for photographs after receiving honorary doctorate from Ban...

Bangladesh Obit President

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2009 file photo, Bangladesh's President Zillur Rahman gives an honorary doctorate of Law to visiting Turkish President Abdull...

Bangladesh's figurehead president, Zillur Rahman, died Wednesday at a hospital in Singapore. He was 84.
Rahman was a top leader of the ruling Awami League party before Parliament elected him president in 2009.
He was flown to Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital on March 10 for treatment of respiratory problems. His body will be flown back to Dhaka on Thursday, the president's office said.
The government declared three days of mourning starting Thursday.
Rahman's death does not affect the government since Bangladesh is a parliamentary democracy, with the prime minister holding executive powers.
The president's office said parliamentary speaker Abdul Hamid will be acting president until the legislature elects a new president.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina offered her condolences and described Rahman as a patriotic leader.


Updated : 2021-08-04 21:49 GMT+08:00