Moudud Ahmed

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Moudud Ahmed
Prime Minister of Bangladesh
In office
27 March 1988 – 12 August 1989
President Hossain Mohammad Ershad
Preceded by Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury
Succeeded by Kazi Zafar Ahmed
Personal details
Born (1940-05-24) 24 May 1940 (age 74)
Noakhali, Bengal Presidency, British India
(now in Bangladesh)
Political party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (1978–1984),(1996-present)
Other political
affiliations
Jatiya Party (1984–1996)
Alma mater University of Dhaka
Religion Islam

Barrister Moudud Ahmed (born May 24, 1940) is a Bangladeshi politician. He is a current member of Jatiyo Sangshad and a member of standing committee of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).[1]

Ahmed was the Postmaster General of Bangladesh[citation needed] during the Bangladesh Liberation War. He became personal secretary to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the first President of Bangladesh[citation needed]. He played a vital role in forming the Bangladesh Constitution in 1972 right after the liberation war ended. Before the liberation war of 1971, Moudud was the chief counsel for Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the Agartala case. Under the President Major General Ziaur Rahman, he served several ministerial posts including deputy Prime Minister and later he was relieved from the position due to involvement in intra-party conflicts within the party. After assassination of President Ziaur Rahman, Moudud was sentenced to 10 years in prison for involvement in corruption. However, he was released from prison in line with his surrender following negotiations with Lt. Col. Chakla and Hasna Moudud which had extra-affairs as well, Lieutenant General Hussain Mohammad Ershad allowed him to join Ershad's party. So Moudud left BNP and joined Jatiya Party government in 1985 as Communications Minister. Through lobbying, in 1988 he became Prime Minister of Bangladesh under the military ruler Lieutenant General Hussain Mohammad Ershad. Following his continuous lobbying again, after one year he became the Vice President of Bangladesh under the same ruler, only to resign on 6 December 1990 due to mass uprising against the then President Hussain Mohammad Ershad .[2]

Moudud rejoined BNP in 1996 and was the Law Minister during BNP's 2001 to 2006[citation needed] tenure. During his tenure, he increased the retirement age of the justices of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh to facilitate the installment of a judge, accused by the opposition Awami League to be favoured by BNP, as Chief Justice of Bangladesh. He was arrested in 2007 on allegations of illegal possession of liquor during the 2007-08 military backed caretaker government lead by Fakruddin Ahmed. The case was later struck down by the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in 2008 and Moudud was released without any further charges.

He was Bland Visiting Professor at:

He is a member of The Elliott School International Council.

Contribution[edit]

Besides being minister of different ministries he also assisted late Army General Ziaur Rahman in forming the BNP. He was one of the founding members of the party. He also played a vital role in the formation of the Jatiya Party, which is led by General Ershad. Barrister Moudud Ahmed is a practicing Lawyer in Supreme Court of Bangladesh.

Presently Moudud Ahmad has been facing corruption case for occupying a land and house at Gulshan area of Dhaka through his brother Monzur Ahmad.[3][4] He published another book titled 'Emergency and the Aftermath: 2007-2008' on 14 September 2014, where he did not admit his fault such as extension of age of judges of Bangladesh Supreme Court.[5][6]

Publications[edit]

Moudud is the author nine books. Publications include:

  • Shongshod-e Ja Bolechhi, University Press Limited, Dhaka, 2006, ISBN=984-05-0278-6
  • South Asia: Crisis of Development-The Case of Bangladesh, University Press Limited, Dhaka, 2003
  • Democracy and the Challenge of Development: a Study of Politics and Military Interventions in Bangladesh, University Press Limited, Dhaka, 1995
  • Bangladesh: Era of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, South Asian Institute of Heidelberg University and University Press Limited, Dhaka, 1983
  • Bangladesh: Constitutional Quest for Autonomy, South Asian Institute of Heidelberg University, 1976 and University Press Limited, Dhaka, 1979
  • Chaloman Itihas,the book to inform the next generation the history of the country particularly the history of HM Ersahd government.

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury
Prime Minister of Bangladesh
1988–1989
Succeeded by
Kazi Zafar Ahmed