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Former President Abdur Rahman Biswas dies



Former President Abdur Rahman Biswas passed away at a city hospital on Friday (Nov 3). He was 91, local media reports said.

Abdur Rahman, who had long been suffering from old-age complications, breathed his last at United Hospital in the evening, according to Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson's media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan.

He was survived by five sons and two daughters.

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and its Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam expressed condolence at the death and extended sympathy to shocked family members.

Abdur Rahman Biswas was the President of Bangladesh during the 1991-1996 tenure of BNP.  He was elected MP in the general election held in 1979. He served as the Jute Minister (1979-80) with President Ziaur Rahman and as Health Minister (1981-82) with President Justice Abdus Sattar.

He was elected MP in the Feb 27 election of 1991. He was then elected Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad in April 1991.

After the reintroduction of the parliamentary system in the country, Abdur Rahman Biswas was elected President on Oct 8, 1991. 

Abdur Rahman's wife Hosne Ara Rahman died in June this year.