Zillur Rahman | Bangladesh president, 84

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2009 file photo, Bangladesh's President Zillur Rahman gives an honorary doctorate of Law to visiting Turkish President Abdullah Gul, unseen, during a special convocation at Dhaka University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bangladesh's figurehead president has died at a hospital in Singapore. He was 84. The office of President Zillur Rahman says he died late Wednesday afternoon, March 20, 2013 Bangladesh time. (AP Photo/Pavel Rahman, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2009 file photo, Bangladesh's President Zillur Rahman gives an honorary doctorate of Law to visiting Turkish President Abdullah Gul, unseen, during a special convocation at Dhaka University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bangladesh's figurehead president has died at a hospital in Singapore. He was 84. The office of President Zillur Rahman says he died late Wednesday afternoon, March 20, 2013 Bangladesh time. (AP Photo/Pavel Rahman, File) (Pavel Rahman)
Posted: March 23, 2013

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

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