Bangladeshi journalist Mukhlesur Rahman Chowdhury also known as Mokhles Chowdhury, was adviser to the President of Bangladesh during the 2006-07 Caretaker Government.
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According to Amar Desh reporting in 2009, Chowdhury said that Moeen had intended to capture the country's presidency through the interim Caretaker Government headed by Fakhruddin Ahmed, formerly with the World Bank.
More DetailsHide DetailsAminul Karim united army dissident groups and also used Gen. Masud and Brig. Bari to achieve this.
Chowdhury revealed untold facts about 2007 military intervention in Bangladesh in interviews taken by media that include the Bangladesh Pratidin, the Daily Kaler Kantha, and the Daily Sun.
More DetailsHide DetailsChowdhury resigned under pressure after being the last advisor to President Iajuddin Ahmed. At the time, there had been reports that Chowdhury had become the de facto President and Prime Minister. Investigations confirmed that he had managed with integrity during this period.
Chowdhury has been the Chief Editor of the Bangladesh Worldwide and the Editor of the Weekly Prekkhit. He was the first Joint Secretary General of Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA), Bangladesh.
"Military coup in Bangladesh: Dateline 2007", one of his fact-finding write-ups about the One Eleven conspiracy, was published in the weekly Akhon Samoy of New York.
Chowdhury later said that General Moeen, Army Chief, was the main force in the military intervention and declaration by President Iajuddin Ahmed of a state of emergency on 11 January 2007.
More DetailsHide DetailsHe started speaking against army-backed government on 12 January and his interviews were published by the Manabzamin, Naya Diganta and Amader Shomoy.
The violence and crisis in Bangladesh received international media coverage. In December 2006, WikiLeaks leaked documents from Chowdhury's mission with diplomats, including Patricia A. Butenis, as well as politicians and other stakeholders on solving Bangladesh's political impasses, when they had worked together during the volatile political situation in 2006-07 period.
More DetailsHide DetailsThe caretaker government struggled to hold elections within the constitutional 90-day deadline. The dates for the scheduled election were changed to 21 January, then 23 January, and finally 22 January 2007 in efforts to accommodate the political parties.
Chowdhury had a series of meetings with stakeholders on governance and politics. With the help of United States envoys, Chowdhury stopped the imposition of martial law planned by General Moeen U Ahmed and his associates. They wanted to ensure the stability of the country because of the adverse effects of the political unrest on the society and economy.
On 13 November 2006, President Ahmed, Chief Advisor of the Caretaker Government, appointed Chowdhury as the Senior Advisor to President with the rank and status of a Minister of State.
More DetailsHide DetailsFrom November 2006 to January 2007, when an acute national political impasses arose in Bangladesh out of uncertainty about Parliamentary elections, he performed the role of President’s special envoy in the negotiation process. He tried to reconcile issues between the two opposition leaders, Begum Khaleda Zia of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, and Sheikh Hasina of the Awami League.
On 23 December 2006, the political parties agreed to participate in parliamentary elections in January. Following that negotiation, they submitted nomination papers for their candidates on 26 December 2006. But on 3 January 2007, the last possible date, the Awami League and its Grand Alliance withdrew from elections when the Jatiya Party's Hussain Muhammad Ershad's nomination was cancelled. President Iajuddin declared a state of emergency on 11 January and postponed the elections,. as they would not be valid without full participation of the parties A group of military officers intervened to ensure stability, in what became called "One-Eleven." They established an interim government.
When Iajuddin took on the responsibility as Chief Advisor in 2006, he appointed Chowdhury as one of his advisors.
Mukhlesur Rahman Chowdhury, also known as Mokhles Chowdhury, is a Bangladeshi journalist turned politician. He was appointed as an advisor to the President of Bangladesh during the Caretaker Government established in October 2006.
More DetailsHide DetailsChowdhury is the eldest son of Azizur Rahman Chowdhury, the first Chief Editor of the Weekly Prekshit, and Sharifa Aziz Chowdhury. His native village is Katihara of Lakhai, and he was born at Kulikunda of Nasirnagar. Chowdhury spent his childhood in the Sylhet District.
Chowdhury received his 'Masters in Mass Communication and Journalism', and graduated in Political Science from the University of Dhaka. Chowdhury took two Research Courses in London School of Economics and Political Science or LSE and studied for a PhD in Politics at Sheffield University in Britain.
In 2004 Chowdhury was appointed as press secretary and spokesman by President Iajuddin Ahmed, serving from December 2004 to November 2006.
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