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Key events in Bangladesh since 1971 independence

Key events in Bangladesh since 1971 independence

Significant events in Bangladesh since independence:
_ Dec. 16, 1971: Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan, gains independence from Pakistan after a nine-month guerrilla war, aided by neighboring India.
_ Aug. 15, 1975: Bangladesh's independence leader and first president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is assassinated in a military coup.
_ May 30, 1981: President Ziaur Rahman, a former army general turned politician, is killed in another military coup.
_ Dec. 6, 1990: President Hussain Mohammad Ershad, a former army chief, is ousted in a popular uprising after nine years of autocratic rule.
_ Feb. 27, 1991: Bangladesh holds first free elections. Khaleda Zia, widow of former President Ziaur Rahman, is elected prime minister.
_ June 12, 1996: Sheikh Hasina, daughter of independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is elected prime minister.
_ Oct. 1, 2001: Zia is re-elected prime minister.
_ Jan. 11, 2007: A state of emergency is declared following weeks of violent opposition protests. National elections scheduled for Jan. 22 are postponed and a military-backed interim government takes over.
_ Dec. 29, 2008: National elections are held after a delay of nearly two years.


Updated : 2021-06-22 08:28 GMT+08:00