DHAKA, Bangladesh

Bangladesh on Saturday commemorated its founding president on the day in 1971 he delivered an informal declaration of the country’s independence.

A host of social, cultural and political events, including laying wreaths at portraits of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, were held to mark the day in a fitting manner.

On March 7, 1971, Mujib delivered his historic 19-minute speech propelling the nation towards independence in a huge rally at the historic Racecourse Square, now Suhrawardy Udyan, in the capital Dhaka.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina both issued messages marking the historic day.

The events come

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