Bangladesh's figurehead president, Zillur Rahman, 84, died Wednesday at a hospital in Singapore, where he had been flown March 10 for treatment of respiratory problems.
Mr. Rahman, a close aide to the country's founder, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was a top leader of the ruling Awami League party before Parliament elected him president in 2009.
The government declared three days of mourning starting Thursday.
The death does not affect the government because Bangladesh is a parliamentary democracy, with the prime minister holding executive powers. - AP