Bangladesh president in hospital for chest pain

Bangladesh's figurehead president, Iajuddin Ahmed, has been hospitalized after he complained of chest pain, his press secretary said Wednesday.

Ahmed was in a "stable condition" on Wednesday at Dhaka's Combined Military Hospital, his press secretary Mukhlesur Rahman Chowdhury told The Associated Press.

The 75-year-old president is "under the observation" of a five-member medical team, Chowdhury said.

He said Ahmed went to the hospital late Tuesday after he suffered chest pain at his official residence, Bangabhavan.

The president has a history of heart problems, Chowdhury said, without providing further details.

"The president has been admitted to hospital for a medical checkup," said a press statement issued by the president's office. It did not elaborate.

Doctors at the military hospital were not immediately available for comment, reports the AP.

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