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Bangladesh head says two years of army rule

By With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Susan Garland / March 29, 1982

Dacca, Bangladesh

Ahsanuddin Chowdhury, a retired supreme court judge, was sworn in as president of Bangladesh. Mr. Chowdhury will be a purely ceremonial president, since the country is being run by Lieutenant General Hossain Mohammad Ershad, leader of Wednesday's bloodless military coup.

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Over the weekend Mr. Ershad announced he would continue military rule in the country for two years, at which point he would allow a referendum or elections for a return to democracy if conditions were right.