Khaleda Zia

Prime Minister Bangladesh
Born Aug 15, 1946

Begum Khaleda Zia is a Bangladeshi politician who was Prime Minister of Bangladesh from 1991 to 1996 and again from 2001 to 2006. When she first took office in 1991, she was the first woman in the country's history and second in the Muslim world to head a democratic government as prime minister. She is the widow of President Ziaur Rahman, who was assassinated in 1981, and leads the party he founded, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).… Read More

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Her marriage certificate lists 5 September 1945. Zia's passport indicates a birth date of 19 August 1945. … Read More


1960 14 Years Old Zia was born to father Iskandar Majumder, a businessman, and mother Taiyaba Majumder in Dinajpur District in Bengal, British India (now in north-western Bangladesh). Khaleda Majumder married Ziaur Rahman in 1960, an Army officer who became the 7th President of Bangladesh in 1977. He ruled until 1981, when he was assassinated in a military coup. When President Ziaur Rahman was killed, Justice Abdus Sattar became chairman of the party and Zia the vice-chairman. When Sattar was ousted from the presidency by the military coup of 1982, Zia was elected chairperson. … Read More


1981 35 Years Old …  Following his assassination in 1981, the Acting President Justice, Abdus Sattar, leased the house "for life" to Zia, for ৳101. … Read More


…  When she took office in 1991, she was the first woman in the country's history and second in the Muslim world (after Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan in 1988–1990) to head a democratic government as prime minister. … Read More


1996 50 Years Old She also served briefly in the short-lived government in 1996, when other parties had boycotted the first election. … Read More
2001 55 Years Old Her party came to power again in 2001.


Following her government's term end in 2006, the scheduled January 2007 elections were delayed due to political violence and in-fighting, resulting in a bloodless military takeover of the caretaker government. … Read More
On 11 January 2007, Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed, along with a group of military officers, intervened to stage a bloodless coup and impose a state of emergency. … Read More
2009 63 Years Old Sheikh Hasina became prime minister, and her party formed government in 2009. … Read More
2016 70 Years Old In 2016 BNP announced its new National Standing Committee, in which Khaleda retained her position as BNP Chairperson.
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