Former president Abdur Rahman Biswas has died of natural causes on Friday evening.
Quoting Mahmudur Rahman Biswas, second son of the country's 11th president, BNP's media wing's member Sayrul kabir Khan said Abdur Rahman Biswas was rushed to Dhaka’s United Hospital on Friday evening when he fell ill. He had been suffering from old age complexities, his son confirmed.
“Doctors pronounced him dead at 8:40pm,” Md Manjur Hossain Isa, acting secretary general of National Democratic Party said while talking to Bangla Tribune.
Abdur Rahman Biswas had taken oath of the President’s Office on October 10, 1991 and completed his five years' term on October 9, 1996.
He was survived by five sons and two daughters.
President M Abdul Hamid expressed deep shock at the death of former President Abdur Rahman Biswas.
In a condolence message, the president prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family.
Abdur Rahman Biswas was elected member of the East Pakistan Legislative Assembly in 1962 and again in 1965. He worked as Parliamentary Secretary of East Pakistan from 1965 to 1969.
He was elected member of the parliament 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 February-27 election of 1991. He was then elected Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad on April 4, 1991.
After the reintroduction of the parliamentary system in the country, Abdur Rahman Biswas was elected President on October 8, 1991.