Barrister Moudud Ahmed, a member of the national standing committee of BNP, died on Tuesday. He was 80.
He breathed his last around 6:30 pm (Bangladesh time) while receiving treatment at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, said Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Anee, the publication and publicity affairs secretary of BNP.
Moudud was elected parliament member for five times from Noakhali-1 and Noakhali-5 constituencies.
He had been deputy prime minister (1976-78) in the government of Ziaur Rahman, prime minister (1986-89), and vice-president (1989–1990) in the government of Hussain Muhammad Ershad.
Apart from that, Moudud was law minister from 2001 to 2006 when the BNP-Jamaat alliance was in power.
He completed his BA (Honours) and MA in Political Science from Dhaka University. Later, he studied law in England and was called to the English Bar in 1966.
He was a Fellow of Heidelberg University and Harvard University.
Barrister Moudud had deep insight into the life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
He not only displayed extraordinary political acumen in the politics of Bangladesh, but also had written on national, regional and international issues. He had authored nine books in total.
His published books include: Bangladesh: Constitutional Quest for Autonomy (1976); Bangladesh: Era of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (1983); Democracy and the Challenge of Development: A Study of Politics and Military Interventions in Bangladesh(1995); Bangladesh: Constitutional Quest for Autonomy; and South Asia: Crisis of Development - The Case of Bangladesh (2002).