Iajuddin hospitalised in Bangkok

Former President Iajuddin Ahmed has been admitted to Bangkok’s Bumrungrad International Hospital in critical condition.

His son Imtiaz Ahmed Babu on Sunday night told reporters by telephone from Bangkok, “My father had undergone a surgery on Oct 28. Then his condition deteriorated following complications in kidney activities.”

The 81-year-old former President has been put on life-support since then, he added.

Iajuddin’s wife Prof Anwara Begum is also in Bangkok.

He was hospitalised in August last year following complaints of chest pain and was taken to Thailand for better treatment.

He was flown again to Thailand as he felt sick after returning home.

In May 2006, Iajuddin had undergone a successful heart by-pass surgery at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

A soil scientist and educationist, Iajuddin took over as President in September 2002 and served until February 2009.

He thrust himself into the charge of Chief Advisor to the caretaker government after the BNP’s last tenure ended in 2006, a move which political analysts say created violent political conflict. But his caretaker administration failed to resolve the political crisis and hold elections.

Iajuddin then declared state of emergency in 2007, for which he was harshly criticised. The country was forced to go through a two-year long military rule during that time.

A former Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), Iajuddin had also received the prestigious Ekushey Padak in 1995.


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