Begum Khaleda Zia’s Presidency, Family and Full Career

Begum Khaleda Zia was born in 1945 in Bangladesh. She is a politician, and she was prime-minister for two times. 1991 to 1996, also repeat from 2001 to 2006. In the Muslim preponderance countries, she was the 2nd and in Bangladesh 1st female president. President Ziaur Rahman was the husband of her. Khaleda is the chairperson of BNP that founded in the 1970s by her husband, Ziaur Rahman. She involved in politics on 2 January 1982. On the 12 January 1984, she became the chairperson of BNP. Now see biodata of her.

Khaleda Zia latest info

Real NameBegum Khaleda Zia
Nick NameKhaleda
Date Of BirthAugust 15, 1945
Political Party

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)

SpouseZiaur Rahman (1960–1981)
SonTarique Rahman

Arafat Rahman

GrandchildrenZaima Rahman, Zahia Rahman, Jaifa Rahman
EducationSurendranath College
Previous officesPrime Minister of Bangladesh (2001–2006), Prime Minister of Bangladesh (1991–1996)
Age74 years
ParentsFather: Iskandar Majumderb

Mother :Taiyaba Majumder

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Begum Khaleda Zia
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The early life of Khaleda Zia

Khaleda Khanam was born in Jalpaiguri in 1945. Jalpaiguri is under the Dinajpur District. Presently in Jalpaiguri District, India. Iskandar Majumderb is her father, who was a tea businessman. Her father’s town is Fulgazi under Noakhali District, and now into Feni District. Taiyaba Majumder is her mother. Khaleda Khanam is 3rd child of her father of 5.

In 1947, when India was a partition at that time, they are moved to the city of Dinajpur. She attends for that first time School at Dinajpur Missionary. Then in 1960, she has finished her education In 1960 from the Dinajpur Girls’ School.

Begum Khaleda Zia
Begum Khaleda Zia

Ziaur Rahman married her, and that time she was the captain of the Pakistan troops. After married, she added with her name “Zia” or “Begum Zia.” After that, she continued her studies until 1965 in Dinajpur Surendranath College. She has gone with her husband to West Pakistan. She went to Karachi through Dhaka in March of 1969.

Zia’s 1st son’s name is Tarique Rahman, and he was born in 1967. Now he is a chairman of BNP. Her 2nd son is Arafat Rahman, and his nickname is “Koko.” He was born in 1969, and he died in 2015.

Career life of Khaleda Zia

Involvement in politics

Her husband, President Ziaur Rahman, did assassinate on May 30. 1981. After her husband died, she involved in politics on January 2, 1982. That time she is becoming a portion of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). Ziaur Rahman founded BPN. In March of 1983, she moved to the vice-chairman position of BNP. In 1983, BNP arranged 7-party support when the rule regarding Hussain Muhammad Ershad under her Kheleda leadership.

Begum Khaleda Zia
Begum Khaleda Zia

On January 12, 1984, she became the chairperson of BNP due to Abdus Sattar’s ill-health condition. She was arrested more than ten times as Ershad’s presidency time.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia


On February 27 of 1991, after eight-year presidency of Ershad, under a neutral presidency government election on Bangladesh. That time BNP won the 140 seats, and Khaled Zia was becoming the 1st female president of Bangladesh on March 20, 1991. She administration removed the Upazila way in November 1991. For that created the Regional Government Structure Review Commission, which suggested a two-tier method of local state, district, including union councils.

Begum Khaleda Zia
Begum Khaleda Zia

Second term

1996 election time, the opposition party has boycotted the election because they are demanded a nonpartisan caretaker government for equipped to manage the polls. BNP lost the vote on 12 June 1996 from the Awami League. BNP is winning the 116 seats and become the opposition party on the parliament.

Third term

On 6 January, 199. Khaled Zias BNP added a four-party agreement for increasing power and returned to rule in the coming election. Jatiya Party, Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, Islami Oikya Jot are encouraged to demonstrations against the ruling Sheikh Hasina Awami League.

Begum Khaleda Zia
Begum Khaleda Zia

On the 1 October 2001 elections, four-party alliance wins. Khaleda Zia becomes the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. 6% GDP growth in Bangladesh when Zia was the precedent for the 3rd time.  Her presidency ended on 29 October 2006.

2008 election

In December 2008, the general election complete. That time BNP loss and Awami League win the election. Sheikh Hasina became the prime minister, and Khaleda Zia became the opposition leader on the parliament.

Boycotting 2014 election

In 2014, Sheik Hasina’s party Awami League said that they are going to the vote without a nonpartisan caretaker government. For that Khaled Zias party, BNP Boycotting the election, and they demanded that the election administered under an independent caretaker government. But Awami League Sheik Hasina directly rejected the demand. Then the BNP doesn’t attend the election. Awami League wins a total of 232 seats out of 300. Most of the seats Awami League win without a candidate and a vote.

Begum Khaleda Zia
Begum Khaleda Zia

Charges and imprisonment in 2018

On 3 July 2008, when the 2007–08 caretaker government rule, ACC had filed a graft case involving Zia and five others of stealing over Tk 2.1 crore that had come from a foreign bank as donations for waifs.


She is the 1st female prime-minister of Bangladesh. For two times, she was the prime minister. Her 1st presidency was 1991-1996 and 2nd 2000-2006.

Begum Khaleda Zia
Begum Khaleda Zia

She was honored as a “Fighter for Democracy” on 24 May 2011 by the New Jersey State Senate. It was the first time the state Senate had so honored any international leader and reflected the state’s increasing community of foreigners and descendants from South Asia.

Khaleda Zia is a chairperson of BNP. She was precedent for ten years in two periods. In 2018 she was arrested .she jailed for 17 years for the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case and Zia Charitable Trust corruption case. She was found liable for stealing the funds for the institution trusts set up when she was serving as the prime minister. For the more significant part regarding the latest three decades, Khaleda  Zia’s chief competitor has been Sheikh Hasina‘s Awami League. The two women become relieved as non-interim prime ministers since 1991.


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