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Khaleda Zia's exiled son named BNP chief

IANS  |  Dhaka 

The of the Nationalist Party (BNP) has taken over as the party's after his mother and former was was sentenced to five years in prison, an said.

The decision to elevate -- the exiled son of Zia -- to the chairmanship was taken after she was jailed on Thursday on charges of misappropriation of funds from an orphanage trust.

"As per the party constitution, Rahman has become the .. He will discharge his duties as the constitution stipulates," told news.

Rahman, who has lived in exile in the UK since 2008, was also given a 10-year jail term in the same ruling.

Zia's son had been sentenced to seven years in prison in 2016 on charges of laundering $2.5 million between 2003-07.

Ripon said Rahman's exile would not affect his leadership.

"Party leaders and activists are aware under what circumstances he is living in the UK, so it will not be a problem. He will run the party in consultation with standing committee members and other leaders," he said.

Earlier, the former Premier's family members met her in prison. Zia's sister Selima Islam, brother Shamim Iskander, his wife had a 40-minute conversation with her, reported.

Zia -- who headed the twice (between 1991-96 and 2001-06) -- has been named in 13 cases of corruption, violence and sedition. According to the BNP, hundreds of its activists and leaders face the same situation.

The BNP, which is currently absent from the country's Parliament, boycotted the 2014 after the government led by Sheikh of the did away with the system of an interim government.

The BNP and the have alternately shared power in the country since 1991, except for a brief period of military rule between 2006-08.

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 19:22 IST
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