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Bangladeshi President Hospitalized with High Fever

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The Bangladeshi government says President Iajuddin Ahmed is recovering from a high fever at a Dhaka hospital.

The 77-year-old president was hospitalized with a viral fever late Monday at the Combined Military Hospital.

In 2006, Mr. Ahmed had heart surgery in Singapore.

The president has little authority over day-to-day affairs in Bangladesh's parliamentary democracy, with most powers held by the prime minister.

But in 2007, Mr. Ahmed declared a state of emergency after elections were canceled following months of political turmoil.

He appointed a military-backed interim government to conduct a widespread campaign against alleged government corruption.

Authorities have arrested some 170 politicians -- including two former prime ministers -- and business people as part of the massive anti-graft investigation.

Besides the former Home Minister Muhammad Nasim is suffering from a stroke.Our reporter Matiur Rahman Chowdhury has more to say.

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