Jatiya Party Chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad, who has been on life support for the last 10 days, passed away on Sunday morning (Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi Rajiun). He was 89.Ershad, also the leader of the opposition in parliament, breathed his last around 7:45am at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the capital, said former Secretary General of JP Ziauddin Bablu.
The former military ruler had long been suffering from various old age complications, including low haemoglobin, liver problem and high bilirubin. He was admitted to the CMH on June 26 and was kept at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Ershad frequently received treatment aboard and at the CMH here at different times over the last eight months.
He had captured power in 1982 when he was the army chief and declared himself the President the next year. He, later, formed the Jatiya Party and won the controversial election of 1986.