Army officers led by Lieutenant General Hussein Ershad, Army chief of staff seized power in Bangladesh on Wednesday (24 March).
President Zia walks to platform
SV Troops march past; Zia taking salute (2 shots)
SV Zia saluting
SV President elect Abdus Sattar taking oath of office (2 shots)
SV Chiefs of Staff of army, navy and airforce, man on left, is Lieutenant General H.M. Ershad
CU Sattar speaking in Bengali (non synch sound)
SV STILL of Chiefs of staff with Ershad on left
LONDON 24 MARCH 1982
CU Bangladesh High Commissioner speaking in English
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DOHA: "As I also said, he is bringing in a civilian President, with a civilian advisory council, and he hopes to restore the due process of the constitution as early as possible. Now I personally believe him because I know the man. Let me make a few personal comments here. Both General Ershad and I were commissioned together into the army nearly 30 years ago, and I have known the man, and he is a constitutionalist. From the point of view of political beliefs, he is a centerist, a liberal, very much a moderate, a very sober person, God believing. And I have no doubt that whatever he and his colleagues do in the next few days will be in the best interests of Bangladesh."
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Background: Army officers led by Lieutenant General Hussein Ershad, Army chief of staff seized power in Bangladesh on Wednesday (24 March). The fate of newly-elected President Abdus Sattar was not known. Few details were released, but the coup was said to be bloodless and General Ershad is said to have no political ambitions. He accused the present government of incompetence and corruption. It was the second uprising in a year. The first was last May in which President Ziaur Rahman (President Zia) was killed. President Zia is seen here reviewing a march past of troops in 1977. After Zia's death, the country moved to civilian rule. Abdus Sattar, the chief Justice won elections last November as head of the party formed by President Zia. When he was sworn in, the three military chiefs of staffs attended the ceremony, among them General Ershad. Within two months, however, discontent was rising. Few inroads were made in the country's pressing economic problems, the ruling party began to split, and the army began to demand a place in the government. Meanwhile in London the Bangladesh High Commissioner, Mr. A.R. Shams-Ud Doha, said General Ershad had acted from good motives.