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.