Former Bangladesh military dictator Ershad dies, aged 90

epa00899362 Bangladeshi Grand Alliance leader Sheikh Hasina (c) ex president HM Ershad (2L) wave to the supporters while another ex president AQM Badruddoza in (3R) during the grand rally organized by the Grand Alliance led by Awami League at Paltan, Dhaka on Wednesday 10 January 2007. Sheikh Hasina announced new blockade programs to pile pressure on the interim government to cancel the eletion on January 22 polls and pave the way for a proper election for all. EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH

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Former Bangladeshi military dictator Hussain Muhammad Ershad died on Sunday at the age of 90, local media reported. Ershad was suffering from kidney and liver complications and was admitted to the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka on June 27.

 

Ershad ruled Bangladesh for almost a decade before a pro-democracy movement ousted him in 1990. Ershad’s rule was marked by his controversial decision to make Islam the state religion of the then officially secular Muslim-majority country.

 

The former military dictator was arrested in 1991 and sent to jail on corruption charges. He was released on bail in 1997.

 

Via Dhaka Tribune/Washington Post

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