Full name: Begum Khaleda Zia
Birth date: August 15, 1945
Birthplace: Dinajpur, Bangladesh
Political party: BNP
Spouse: Ziaur Rahman (1960–1981)
Children: Tarique Rahman, Arafat Rahman
Zodiac sign: Virgo
Begum Khaleda Zia is the former First Lady of Bangladesh, and the first woman Prime Minister in the country’s history and second in the Muslim world. She is the chairperson one of the largest Bangladeshi political parties, BNP. She is the magnificent female political leader around the country who leads her party with astute leadership quality.
Khaleda Zia Early Life:
Khaleda Zia was born August 15, 1945, in Dinajpur, Bangladesh to Iskandar Majumder, a businessman, and Taiyaba Majumder. Khaleda Zia started her school life at Dinajpur Mission Schol when she was five years old. Then she enrolled at the Dinajpur Girls School and passed class VIII.
Khaleda Zia Career:
Ziaur Rahma was assassinated in the abortive military coup on May 30, 1981. Then Begum Khaleda Zia joined in the Bangladesh National Party with a request of some top leaders of BNP on January 03, 1982. Then she elected vice-president of BNP in 1983. Khaleda Zia became chairperson of BNP on May 10, 1984, as justice Sattar retired from politics. Now she is the lifetime chairperson of BNP. With her astute leadership, BNP gets a new frame and won the national election for three terms. Begum Zia positioned the party well with her powerful leadership quality thereby; the party turned into a largest political group around the country.
Khaleda Zia was elected Prime Minister for three terms after winning the general elections of 1991, 1996 and 2001. However, the 96’ election was boycotted by other major parties. She is the second longest–serving Prime Minister of Bangladesh, after Sheikh Hasina since 1971 as she ruled the country for ten years. Forbes magazine ranked Mrs Zia at number 29 in 2005 and number 33 in 2006 in its list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World.
Khaleda Zia Personal Life:
Khaleda Zia got married to Ziaur Rahman on August 1960 when Zia was working in Dinajpur as a Pakistani army officer. Her husband, Ziaur Rahman was one of the great heroes in the time of liberation war.