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Bangladesh Cancels Lease on Former Prime Minister Zia’s Home


The government of Bangladesh says they are cancelling the lease on former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s state-owned house in which she has lived for more than a quarter of a century.

Government spokesman Abul Kalam Azad told reporters in Dhaka that the Cabinet has decided to cancel the lease on Ms. Zia's home in an army compound in the capital. She was given two government-owned houses after her husband, then-President Ziaur Rahman, was killed in a coup attempt in 1981.

She and her family have lived in the house on army land, and rented out the second property in the upscale Gulshan district. Azad said it is illegal to have more than one government-owned home. He said Ms. Zia can move into the Gulshan house. Ms. Zia's longtime rival, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, told parliament last week she plans to use Ms. Zia's land in the army compound to build apartments for the families of the army officers who were killed in February's border-guard mutiny.

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