Singapore : Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman, a veteran ruling party politician named to the largely ceremonial post in 2009, died Wednesday in a Singapore hospital, officials said. He was 84.
Rahman had been flown to Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital on March 10 for treatment of respiratory problems. The president's office said parliamentary speaker Abdul Hamid would act as the head of state until the legislature elected a new one.
"The acting president announced the three-day state mourning for the death of President Zillur Rahman," a presidential spokesman was quoted by Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha, the state news agency, as saying.Rahman was a former deputy chief of Bangladesh's ruling Awami League party before parliament elected him president in 2009.
In offering her condolences, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina described Rahman as a patriotic leader. UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was saddened by the death of Rahman, who "made important contributions to the country's democratic transition throughout his political life".
Rahman leaves a son who is a politician and two daughters.
Ivy, Rahman's politician wife, died in August 2004 after she was critically injured in a grenade attack on an Awami League party rally that killed 20 other people.