The Bangladesh President Mohammad Zillur Rahman, an aide of the country’s founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, has passed away in a Singapore hospital where he was undergoing kidney and lung treatment. He was 85.
Rahman, a veteran politician, was installed as the ceremonial head of the state in 2009 after Awami League had been elected in the December, 2008 general elections.
A lawyer by profession, he was a close aide of Bangladesh’s founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and is regarded a major figure in consolidating the ruling Awami League at different times after the 1975 coup in which Sheikh Mujib was killed along with most of his family members.
The Bangladesh government has announced a three-day state mourning.