AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury

A. Q. M. Badruddoza Chowdhury

Prof. A.Q.M. Badruddoza Chowdhury (একিউএম বদরুদ্দোজা চৌধুরী)(born November 1, 1932 in Bikrampur, Dhaka, now Munshiganj District. Bangladesh, was the nations fifteenth president. His father Kafiluddin Chowdhury was a political leader of Awami League and served as Minister in provincial cabinet of the then East Pakistan. Prof. Chowdhury is a renowned professor of Medicine as well. He entered into politics as the Secretary General of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) during its early years with Ziaur Rahman as its Chairman. He entered into Parliament after winning general election in 1979 from Bikrampur. He also served as cabinet minister in BNP government during 1979-1982. When the Bangladesh Nationalist Party won parliamentary elections in 1991, after a short stint as Education Minister he was appointed Deputy Leader of the House, of Bangladesh national parliament. In 2001, Chowdhury became foreign minister of Bangladesh. Shortly afterward, in November 2001, he became the President of Bangladesh. His reach to peak of political success was over after less than a year, however. He resigned as president due to pressure from party leaders on June 21, 2002, for allegedly disrespecting the party's founder, Ziaur Rahman, by not visiting his grave the previous month, on the anniversary of his death. Subsequently, Dr. Chowdhury along with his son Mahi B. Chowdhury started a new political party titled Bikolpo Dhara, Bangladesh (Alternate Path). The BNP-Jamat led government has allegedly continued to harass Dr. Chowdhury and his party. There have been newspaper reports of riot police and armed BNP supporters disrupting his party's and have opened tax-evasion investigations against a BNP MP who defected to the Bikilpo Dhara Bangladesh. On Saturday, April 30 a mysterious fire in his home burned a many of his possessions. The fire brigade then stated that the reason for the fire was unknown. But most likely it was an attempt to kill him or to create fear.

On 26 October, 2006 Dr. Chowdhury, in collaboration with Oli Ahmed formed a new party named LDP (Liberal Democratic Party) composed of ex BNP leaders. His new party joined with 14 party alliance led by Awami League and boycotted scheduled election on January 22, 2007.


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