Dhaka – Bangladesh’s former military dictator Hussain Muhammad Ershad died at a hospital in Dhaka on Sunday at the age 89.
Inter Service Public Relations department of the army announced that the former president and current leader of the opposition breathed his last at 7.45 am at Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka.
He had been in life support at the hospital for nearly last couple of weeks after he was diagnosed with lungs infections and kidney failure.
“Previously he tried to respond opening his eyes, but on Saturday he could not blink his eyes,” Ershad’s younger brother and Jatiya Party leader Ghulam Muhammad Quader told newsmen.
President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of the opposition leader. Ershad had been heading his Jatyo Party for long time.
A former army chief-turned president Ershad took over the state power in a bloodless coup in 1982 and subsequently ran the country for nearly nine years until he was forced to quit in a pro-democracy mass upsurge in 1990.
He was detained over several charges of power misuse and corruption soon after his fall, but he was released in 1997. He ran parliamentary election from behind the bar and elected to parliament several times in the 1990s.
Ershad will be buried in Dhaka’s Banani army graveyard on Tuesday after funeral prayers in Dhaka and Rangpur
Born on February 1, 1930 in Dinhata, a subdivision of Coochbehar district of present-day India’s West Bengal during the then British rule, Ershad was graduated from Dhaka University in 1950. He was commissioned in Pakistan Army in 1952.
He left behind his wife Raushan Ershad, one son and host of political followers. His divorced wife Bidisha has one son.