Bangladesh strongman, President Ziaur Rahman, is heading the country back to normal political life after winning a strong endorsement for his tough rule.
GV EXTERIOR Presidential Palace
SV INTERIOR President Ziaur Rahman arriving as guests look on (2 shots)
SV Zia seated at table as justice Kamaludin Ahmed and others look on (2 shots)
SV Justice gives oath to President as other look on (4 shots)
SV Justice and President signing oaths and exchange oaths as guests look on (2 shots)
Standing for anthem justice and President as others look on (2 shots)
As well as being Army Chief of Staff, Ziaur Rahman was appointed chief martial administrator in 1976 and became President in 1977. a referendum on his rule in May last year brought him a massive 98 per cent endorsement. His strong handling of the law and order situation in a country often shaken by coups and violence was one of his trump cards in the election.
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Background: Bangladesh strongman, President Ziaur Rahman, is heading the country back to normal political life after winning a strong endorsement for his tough rule.
SYNOPSIS: Having won 77 percent of the vote in the June 3rd election, President Zia was sworn in on Monday (12 June) promising parliamentary elections in December. He came to power following the killing of Sheikh Mujib, in a military coup in 1975. The ceremony was conducted by Justice kamaludin Ahmed.
The fact that the President intends to stay on has led to claims by opposition politicians that he is trying to establish himself as a dictator. His popularity, however, was evident in the election and opposition charges of ballot rigging were half-hearted. President Zia, who recently formed his own political party said he would use his election victory as a base on which to improve the economy of Bangladesh.
A formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace declared him the elected head of state.