Abdur Rahman Biswas

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Abdur Rahman Biswas
11th President of Bangladesh
In office
10 October 1991 – 9 October 1996
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia
Muhammad Habibur Rahman (Acting)
Hasina Wazed
Preceded by Shahabuddin Ahmed (Acting)
Succeeded by Shahabuddin Ahmed
Personal details
Born (1926-09-01) 1 September 1926 (age 88)
Shaistabad, Barisal, Bengal Presidency, British India
(now in Bangladesh)[1]
Political party Bangladesh Nationalist Party
Alma mater University of Dhaka
Religion Sunni Islam

Abdur Rahman Biswas (born 1 September 1926) was the 11th President of Bangladesh during 1991 to 1996.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Biswas was born in the village of Shaistabad, Barisal District. He was educated at Dhaka University, where he received history degrees a BA with honors and a MA in history and a degree in law. His subsequent public service included chairing a local cooperative bank and sponsoring educational initiatives.[1]

Political career[edit]

Biswas was elected as a representative to the East Pakistan Legislative Assembly in 1962 and 1965. In 1967 he represented Pakistan at the UN General Assembly. Bangladesh held general elections in 1979, in which Biswas obtained a seat in its parliament (Jatiyo Sangsad). He held posts in its ministries. His seat in the parliament was confirmed during a 1991 election and soon afterwards he was chosen as Speaker of the Parliament.[2] He won the October 1991 election for President.[1]

His tenure as President of the Caretaker government of Bangladesh saw challenges from the military; according to Banglapedia he dealt with these challenges 'firmly' where he sacked army chief Lt. Gen. Abu Saleh Mohammad Nasim.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Helal Uddin Ahmed. "Banglapedia article on Abdur Rahman Biswas". Banglapedia. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  2. ^ Name of Speakers, Bangladesh Parliament website.
Political offices
Preceded by
Shahabuddin Ahmed
President of Bangladesh
Succeeded by
Shahabuddin Ahmed