Dhaka – Bangladesh’s former military dictator Hussain Muhammad Ershad has been admitted to a hospital over various old-age complexities, a close aide of the fore president said on Wednesday.
Ershad, now the leader of the opposition in parliament and the chief of his Jatiyo Party, was taken to the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka in the morning.
The former army chief-turned president, who ruled the country in an iron fist for nine years after his take over in a bloodless military coup 1982, is being treated at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, said Shunil Shuvo Roy, a spokesman of Jatiyo Party.
Roy said the 89-year old politician has been suffering from fever since morning. He did his regular health checkup on Tuesday.
Ershad has been suffering from serious ailments for the last nine months. He also went to a Singapore hospital after the national election.
Upon his election to parliamentary post as leader of the opposition, Ershad turned up to the current parliament for once.
Born in Rangpur in 1930, Ershad was commissioned in to Pakistan Army in 1952 after graduation from Dhaka University in 1950. He stayed in Pakistan during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of liberation and repatriated to Bangladesh in 1973 under the Simla Agreement.
He was elevated to the position of army chief in the late 1970s when Ziaur Rahman, another army-chief turned president founded political platform following the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975.
Ershad took over power in 1982, less than a year after Ziaur Rahman was killed in a military coup, and run the country for a long time under martial law.
He was called the autocratic ruler in Bangladesh and the major political parties began mass movement against his regime despite he had formed political party and arranged elections twice before he stepped down in the face of mass agitation in 1990.