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Barrister Moudud Ahmed

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Barrister Moudud Ahmed
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Moudud is the only politician in Bangladesh to have working experience with every major political figure in the country over the last 40 years.

Moudud Ahmed was born in 1940 in the then Vice-Royalty of India. He designed his career on legal profession in Bangladesh after becoming a British qualified Barrister. Moudud served as an assistant to the former President Major Ziaur Rahman and was legal advisor to the delegation to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi during the liberation war with a view to attaining the support of India for Bangladesh's legal case for freedom.

Having served for a short time as Honorary Political Secretary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Moudud soon went back to his legal practice. After the assassination of Sheikh MujiburRahman in 1975 Moudud commenced his formal political career by becoming an advisor to General Ziaur Rahman and from 1979 to 1980 was deputy Prime Minister. After the Assassination of General Ziaur Rahman in 1981 Moudud was appointed as deputy Prime Minister in 1986 under the General Ershad’s regime and subsequently was made as Prime Minister in 1988. Moudud’s political career came into a halt for almost one decade after dethroning of General Ershad in 1990 following a mass protest.  During this time, Moudud was engaged in writing some major books about constitutional law and the history of Bangladesh.

Moudud re-entered political career in 2001 as Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs of Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia. Moudud is the only politician in Bangladesh to have working experience with every major political figure in the country over the last 40 years and his contribution at crucial times (Agartala conspiracy, meeting with Indira Gandhi during the liberation war of 1971, serving firstly Sheikh Mujibur and then as a senior Minister in the governments of Generals Rahman and Ershad and Begum Ziaur) together with his long standing commitment to democracy and the rule of constitutional law makes him a true Freedom Fighter for Bangladesh.

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